France warns against “disinformation” campaign by MKO

France on Thursday issued a stern warning about what it said was a growing lobbying and disinformation campaign being carried out by the Iranian opposition group, Mujahideen Khalq, which is currently banned in this country.

The movement, which for years has sought to make implicit and explicit attacks against Iran, was for a long period headquartered outside of Paris until European Union members decided to place it on the "terrorist black list" in the EU.

Some countries have retreated from this ban but France maintains the organisation as illegal here.

"France has no contact with the Organisation of the People’s Mujahideen of Iran which is known for resorting to violence," Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal stated here.

This group has "no legal existence in France in the form of an Organisation," Nadal stressed.

He warned that the Iranian opposition movement has "a violent inspiration" and is "non-democratic" and has been criticised by several human rights groups such as "Amnesty International".

The Mujahideen Khalq carried out "sectarian practices" and refuses to renounce violence, the French official added.

"We express our greatest reservations faced with the intense lobbying and disinformation campaign being carried out" by the Iranian group, Nadal warned.

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