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French embassy worker on trial in Iran

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A French woman who works for the French embassy in Tehran has gone on trial in the Iranian capital.

Clotilde Reiss, a 23-year-old French language teacher is accused of collecting information and provoking rioters in the aftermath of the country’s disputed presidential election in June. Reiss, was arrested at Tehran airport on espionage charges on July 1 as she was leaving the country amid turmoil on the streets and claims by reformist opposition leaders that the election was rigged. An unnamed Iranian woman who also works for the French embassy in Tehran is in the dock alongside a prominent journalist and other opposition activists. Human rights groups say hundreds of people, including reformist politicians, activists and lawyers have been detained in Iran since the election. Last week more than 100 people appeared on charges, including conspiracy. Some made public confessions saying they had made up their complaints to provoke unrest. The French government says the charges against Reiss are “baseless”.