is a matter of Euros and dollars for the French government is a
matter of life and death for the Iranian people.
government is one of the strongest critics of the situation in
Iraq. One might find this concern sincere at the first glance, but
a closer look reveals that for the French government, lucrative
deals take precedence over human rights.
Our historic memory is not that short to forget that the French
government was Saddam Hussein’s major trade partner. With
Saddam’s fall, French lost a major interlocutor in the Middle
East. With its new partnership with Iran, it seems that the French
government has chosen a new ally in the Middle East. A very
dangerous partner indeed!
In 1985, France was ranked only 31st in trade with Iran. Since
last year, it has moved up 28 places, to become Iran’s 3rd
largest trading partner. With newly signed oil, automobile and
cell phone deals it has now assumed the undisputed number one
Unfortunately the Iranian people have had to pay the price with
their resources and with more pressure on their resistance.
The French government knows that to secure the mullahs’
friendship, one has to act against the Iranian people. This means
ignoring the human rights abuses by the Islamic Republic of Iran
and helping the mullahs suppress the Iranian resistance movement.
The French government should feel disgraced by its actions.
On June 17th 2003, in an attack, coordinated with the Iranian
Intelligence Ministry, 1,300 French policemen invaded the houses
of Iranian dissidents in Auvers-sur-Oise, and elsewhere in Paris
and arrested 165 Iranians, including the Iranian Resistance's
President-elect Maryam Rajavi. The French accused the Iranian
resistance of “intentions to plan terrorist attacks on Iranian
embassies in Europe.” That was a false accusation and the
French police had to release all those arrested after major
protests by Iranians and the French. One year after the attack,
the French police have yet to offer any reason to justify the
raids against the Iranian resistance. After the June 17 attacks,
trade between the two countries increased by 30 percent.
A new game against the Iranian resistance started a couple of
months ago, when the French government began to hear charges
against the Iranian resistance for an attack against the Iranian
government in February 2000 in Tehran. Normally, the French would
have nothing to do with such cases, because the attack was carried
out by Iranians, against Iranian regime's targets and on Iranian
soil. There was no French involvement whatsoever.
If the French feel obligated to investigate such charges, why then
do they not investigate claims by hundreds of thousands of
Iranians who have been victims of torture in Iranian prisons. The
French government has disregarded all of those claims in the past
fifteen years on the grounds that they had not been carried out in
France. This double standard is nothing but the result of an
appalling deal with the terrorist mullahs of Iran.
What did the French actually get from the mullahs to pursue this
In March 2004, a French telecommunications company ALCATEL got the
largest communications deal in Iran. ALESTOM, again a French
company, got a four hundred million dollar deal to produce
locomotives in Iran. On April 21, 2004, Iranian Foreign Minister
Kamal Kharrazi, was received by the senior French officials. On
the same day, the French oil conglomerate TOTAL won a 1.2 billion
dollar bid to extract Iranian gas in the southern Pars region of
the Persian Gulf. Three days later, the automobile giant, RENAULT,
sent a delegation to Iran to finalize a deal that allowed the
production of 500,000 cars in Iran each year. It was no surprise
that on April 27th, the French government began to press charges
against the Iranian resistance.
In the new world order, the French government has chosen to side
with terrorists who have taken the lives of at least 120,000
Iranians and hundreds of foreign nationals. The French are in
cahoots with a government that is the major sponsor of
international terrorism and on the verge of producing nuclear
What is a matter of “Euros” and “dollars” for the French
government is a matter of life and death for the Iranian people.
The mullahs have destroyed their lives, violated their basic human
rights, taken away their future, executed or imprisoned tens of
thousands of their children and plundered their resources.
Daily protests by workers, teachers, nurses, university students
and all other walks of life in Iran, show that the Iranian people
have rejected the clerical regime in its entirety. The French
government should know that there is no honor in helping the
terrorist and murderous regime of mullahs in Iran. The days
for the mullahs’ regime are numbered. What the French government
will gain in economical deals today, they will lose in the future
when Iran is free again.
Hedayat Mostowfi is the Executive
Director for nationwide Committee
in Support of Referendum in Iran.