Iranian Embassy in Paris damaged; Tehran knocks police work

PARIS (AP) — Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that the country’s Foreign Ministry says protesters tried to attack and damage the Iranian Embassy in Paris.

IRNA said Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi alleged Saturday that police in the French capital did not respond promptly to the disturbance on Friday.

Earlier Saturday, a Paris police spokeswoman said “individuals” had thrown objects and smashed windows at the embassy. She shared information but would not give her name, a common police practice in France.

The spokeswoman said officers were called after the trouble started outside the building. She says the officers searched 12 people, but didn’t take anyone into custody because the embassy didn’t want to file a complaint.

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Ghasemi says Iran asked the French government to prosecute and punish the people involved.

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Thomas Adamson in Paris and Amir Vahdat in Tehran contributed to this story.

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