Relations between Iran and the West have plunged again, with France accusing Iranian security forces of physically assaulting its diplomats in Tehran.
France alleges Iranian security agents struck at least two French diplomats and arrested guests of the French ambassador after they arrived at his residence on Sunday for a concert.
The French Foreign Ministry has summoned Iran’s ambassador in Paris to condemn what it calls “unacceptable violence”.
It says similar incidents have happened at the Australian, British, Austrian and Dutch embassies, where security forces have targeted young Iranians invited to functions.
France has been a frequent critic of Iranian policies. Iran in turn has accused France and other missions of fuelling last year’s election-related protests.
In February, pro-Iranian activists threw stones at several Western embassies in Tehran.