Macron condemns Iran's 'increasing aggressiveness' towards France


French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday wrapped up his press conference at the G20 summit in Bali with a tough message for Iran. He called for regional stability, referring to recent bombardments on Iraqi soil, denounced the use of hostage-taking, and reiterated support for the ongoing protest movement.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of the G20 summit in Indonesia, Macron called on Tehran to return to calm and the spirit of cooperation.

He referred specifically to a new series of cross-border missile and drone strikes Iran launched on Monday against Iraq-based Kurdish opposition groups that Tehran accuses of stoking what it calls the "riots" at home.

The attacks, condemned by the United States and the United Nations, killed at least one person and injured eight, local officials said.

"France has always respected the leaders, the Iranian people. We have always been in an approach of discussion, of respect."

"I think that the choices that have been made in recent months do not go in this direction on the side of Iran. So I call for respect for regional stability, also respect for French nationals," Macron said.

He denounced Tehran's "increasing aggressiveness" towards France through "unacceptable" hostage-taking.

At least seven French citizens are believed to be held hostage in Iran. France has made several diplomatic attempts in recent months to break the deadlock.

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(with wires)

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