Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

#THE 51%

Unlocking the code: Women refugees offered classes in coding

Read more

#TECH 24

Viva Technology!

Read more

ENCORE!

Marcia Gay Harden, a down-to-earth Hollywood star

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France’s Camargue region and its herdsmen

Read more

FOCUS

The steady rise of women in Taiwanese politics

Read more

FASHION

For summer 2017 menswear, designers interrogate the complexity of modern life

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Liberia's president hails 'milestone' as UN peacekeepers withdraw

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The 'Brexecution' of Boris Johnson

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

State of British Politics 'Worse than Shakespeare'

Read more

France

French cities rally in support of Iranian sentenced to stoning

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-01-02

Protesters gathered in Paris and in several other French cities on Saturday in support of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who faces stoning after she was convicted of adultery.

AFP - Rallies took place in several French cities on Saturday in support of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who faces being stoned to death after being convicted of adultery.

Around 300 people gathered for a rally in central Paris, including writer Marek Halter and film director Yamina Benguigui.

Benguigui said in a message to Mohammadi-Ashtiani that the demonstration was "to show you with love, determination and without reserve that we will never abandon you".

Smaller demonstrations took place in the French cities of Toulouse, Lyon, Poitiers and Montpellier.

A French campaign to prevent the death of the mother-of-two, who was also convicted of being an accomplice in her husband's death, has gained momentum in the last week, with President Nicolas Sarkozy voicing his support.

A petition for her release has been signed by two former French presidents, and Sarkozy's wife, Carla Bruni.

France has urged the European Union to threaten new sanctions against the Iranian regime over the case, while EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said talks were taking place with Tehran.

Date created : 2010-08-28

  • IRAN

    TV confession of woman sentenced to stoning 'a fake'

    Read more

  • IRAN

    Tehran rules out Brazilian asylum offer for alleged adulteress

    Read more

  • IRAN

    Woman sentenced to death forced to confess, lawyer says

    Read more

COMMENT(S)