France withdraws embassy staff from Iran

· Europe, France

France is repatriating a number of diplomats and their families from Iran following an attack on the British embassy in Tehran.

French officials said the move was a temporary security measure.

Britain expelled 25 Iranian diplomats following Tuesday’s attack, when hundreds stormed the British embassy.

British officials say the attack probably had the tacit support of Iran’s leaders. All UK diplomatic staff in Tehran have been evacuated.

‘Young revolutionaries’

On Saturday, a senior Iranian cleric condemned the attack.

“There is no doubt that Britain is one of the oldest enemies of Iran… but young revolutionaries should not go beyond the law,” Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi told the state-run Irna news agency.

His comments came as the Iranian diplomats expelled from Britain arrived back in Tehran.

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