Paris, 8 October 2009
We were extremely shocked to learn of the death sentence handed down on Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani in Iran. The announcement of this decision tarnishes still further the image of the Iranian regime.
Like the whole international community, France observed the scale of the popular protest in the wake of the announcement of the results of the 12 June election.
The mobilization of a large section of Iranian society is continuing despite the crackdown.
We salute the courage of all the Iranian citizens who, despite the successive waves of repression and violence, are demonstrating peacefully in defence of their basic rights.
Like her European Union partners, France is against the death penalty in every case and under all circumstances. The abolition of the death penalty is contributing to strengthening human dignity and developing human rights./.