The French government announced the freezing of the assets of two Iranian citizens in connection with an attempted attack by security forces last June in Villepinte, on the outskirts of Paris.
In a Joint statement, the French Ministries of the Interior, Foreign Affairs and Economy assured that this “act of extreme gravity planned on our territory could not go unanswered”.
The frustrated attack was aimed at a rally of the Iranian opposition in exile and in recent months have been arrested at least six people in France, Belgium, and Germany allegedly linked to that operation.
“Without prejudice to the results of the criminal action …France has frozen the assets of Assadollah Asadi and Saeid Hashemi Moghadam, Iranian citizens,” the statement said.
According to the Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the unsuccessful attack in Villepinte “confirms the need for a tough approach in our relations with Iran”.
The Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb, reaffirmed his “determination to implement whatever is necessary to prevent all forms of terrorism, wherever it comes from”.
The Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, stressed that the duty of the authorities is “to dry up the channels of financing of terrorists in order to put an end to their intolerable acts”.