Iran closes French institute to retaliate for Khamenei cartoons

The Times of Israel reports: “Iran announced Thursday the closure of a Tehran-based French research institute in protest against cartoons of the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

‘The ministry is ending the activities of the French Institute for Research in Iran as a first step,’ the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement, a day after Tehran had warned Paris of consequences.

Iran has been shaken by over three months of protests triggered by the September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, an Iranian Kurd who was arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.

Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published the caricatures of Khamenei in support of the protests, in a special edition to mark the anniversary of the deadly 2015 attack on its Paris office which left 12 people dead…”

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