Issue 338 - 31 May 1988
By agreeing to exchange ambassadors with Iran "at the earliest opportunity" France has paid the first instalment of the account presented by Iran for its part in obtaining the release of the three French hostages held by an Islamic Jihad group in Lebanon. Michel Rocard, the new Prime Minister, has said that his Socialist Government did not have all the details of the deal which gained freedom for the hostages but "France has given her word and she will keep it in those areas that are known about.

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