Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

EU policy consigns Greece ‘to deeper depression’, says Stiglitz

Read more

FOCUS

India - Pakistan: A new generation takes up arms in Kashmir

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

The road to exile: A Syrian family’s journey across Europe

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: Wes Craven, ‘The Brand New Testament’, ‘This Ain't California’

Read more

FACE-OFF

How Europe’s migrant crisis became a political battle

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

France cracks down on internship abuses with system overhaul

Read more

THE DEBATE

Ukraine's warmongers: Far-right blamed for Kiev grenade attack (part 2)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Ukraine's warmongers: Far-right blamed for Kiev grenade attack (part 1)

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Enough with dirty Paris!'

Read more

France

Ahmadinejad under fire for hugging Chavez's mother

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-03-10

Iran’s religious conservatives have reacted furiously to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hugging the distraught mother of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at his funeral, describing the gesture as “un-Islamic”.

Iran’s religious conservatives have reacted furiously to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hugging the distraught mother of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at his funeral last Friday.

Photos emerged of Ahmadinejad giving the elderly Elena Frias de Chavez a hug at last Friday’s funeral in Caracas, a gesture deemed “un-Islamic” by religious conservatives.

They said that hugging and expressing emotions were “improper for the dignity of the president of a country like the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Mohammad Taghi-Rahbar, the Friday prayer leader of Iran's second city, Isfahan, told Mehr news agency that Mr Ahmadinejad had "lost control".

He added: "Shaking hands with a non-mahram (unrelated by family) woman, under any circumstances, whether young or old, is not allowed.”

Ahmadinejad also managed to anger the conservatives when he announced a day of national mourning following the death of Chavez.

Date created : 2013-03-10

  • FRANCE

    World 'needs dictators like Chavez' says French minister

    Read more

  • Venezuela

    World leaders, celebrities gather to honor Hugo Chavez

    Read more

  • VENEZUELA

    Chavez leaves behind mixed legacy in Arab world

    Read more

COMMENT(S)