France's Macron calls for fresh sanctions against Iran over protest repression

AP - Richard Vogel

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for international sanctions on Iranian officials in response to the regime's crackdown on the protest movement he again described as a "revolution".

Speaking in an interview broadcast this Monday on France Inter radio, the French head of state said that he is "in favour of a strong diplomatic reaction and sanctions on the figures of the regime who have a responsibility in the repression of this revolution."

Macron described the repression as "unprecedented".

"We don't rule out any option," he said, noting that Iran's government was already the target of numerous sanctions.

According to the Norway-based NGO Iran Human Rights, at least 326 people have been killed by the security forces in a crackdown on the nationwide protests.

The uprising was sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested in September for an alleged breach of the country's strict dress rules for women based on Islamic sharia law.

Meanwhile, the European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on a further 29 Iranian officials and three organisations for the crackdown on protests.

Those hit with visa bans and asset freezes included Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi and state broadcaster Press TV, which was accused of airing "forced confessions of detainees", an EU statement said.

New sanctions against Tehran under discussion

"It is women who launched this revolution," he said, adding, "The grandchildren of the [Islamic] revolution are making a revolution."

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