France condemns attack on British embassy in Tehran

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France on Tuesday firmly condemned an incursion by protesters into the British embassy in Tehran and the "unacceptable damage done there," Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said.

"France holds the Iranian authorities responsible for the integrity of all diplomatic missions in Tehran," Juppe said in a statement after protesters stormed the embassy, removing the mission's flag and ransacking offices.

"Once more, the Iranian regime has shown what little consideration it has for international law. France denounces this flagrant and outrageous violation of the Vienna Convention" on diplomatic relations, Juppe said.

The attacks come amid heightened tensions following Iran's decision to pass a law to expel the British ambassador to Tehran in retaliation for new British sanctions that cut off all ties with Iran's financial sector.

The sanctions were part of a coordinated raft of measures announced on November 14 by Britain, the United States and Canada to increase pressure on Iran to halt its controversial nuclear programme.

© 2011 AFP

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