France on Wednesday November 20th expressed "deep concern" over reports of the many deaths which have happened during protests in Iran, sparked by a petrol price hike, and called on Tehran to respect its international human rights duties, Reuters reported.
France "expresses its deep concern over reports of the deaths of many demonstrators in recent days," Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in a daily online briefing.
"France calls on Iran to respect its international human rights obligations," she added.
Iranian officials have confirmed five deaths, including three from the security forces. Yet Amnesty International estimated on Tuesday November 19th that more than 100 demonstrators were believed to have been killed and that the real toll could be as high as 200.
For the UN human rights office, it was also alarmed by reports that live ammunition had caused a "significant number of deaths".
The French foreign ministry statement highlighted the importance of "respect of freedom of expression, access to means of communication, and the right to demonstrate peacefully."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the country's people had defeated an "enemy conspiracy" that was behind this wave of demonstrations.
French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to engage diplomatically with Tehran, leading efforts to maintain the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.