French deserve better than their leaders, says Iran's Ahmadinejad
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that the French deserve better than their leaders, in response to similar comments by the French president after Iran's contested elections.
"The French people deserve better than their current leaders," he told France 2 television when asked by a journalist to comment on President Nicolas Sarkozy's recent remarks on Iran.
"This Mr Sarkozy is meddling in the internal affairs of our nation. I too have a similar view," Ahmadinejad said.
Sarkozy said on 31 August that Iranians deserved better after Ahmadinejad's hotly disputed re-election in June.
"The people of Iran deserve better than their current leaders," he said.
Ahmadinejad also said that Iran could not grant amnesty to a French teacher accused of spying unless France was willing to reciprocate with help on Iranian prisoners in France.
"Unfortunately we have seen no action by the French government in favour of these prisoners," he told France 2.
University teaching assistant Clotilde Reiss, 24, was freed from a Tehran prison in August and transferred to the French embassy to await a verdict, after appearing in a televised mass trial on 8 August.
She is accused of spying during post-election unrest in Iran.