“It is for her that we must not crack” : the family and entourage of Cécile Kohler, a French teacher and trade unionist detained in Iran since last May, spoke this Sunday, November 20 for the first time, in “Les Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace” (DNA), a few days before the creation of a support committee.
“Are we sure she’s alive when we don’t even know where she’s being held?” Their interest is not to kill her and she is surely better treated than the Iranian detainees on the material level, but this treatment is inhuman”said his father, Pascal Kohler, to the regional daily.
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Her family, who lives in Soultz in the Haut-Rhin, has had no contact with her since her arrest, and no French consular representative has been able to see her, explain the DNA. A situation ” insupportable “ for the parents, Pascal and Mireille, who worry about “psychological state” by Cecile.
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A support committee will be launched Tuesday in Strasbourg, the day of Sainte-Cécile. Noémie Kohler, her sister, will be the spokesperson.
Cécile Kohler, 38, was arrested with another Frenchman, Jacques Paris, while traveling in Iran, a country she dreamed of visiting ” since a long time “.
His relatives decided to speak publicly after the broadcast in early October by Tehran of a video presented as “confession”, according to which Cécile Kohler worked for the French secret services. Paris had denounced a “unworthy staging” and mentioned for the first time “state hostages”.
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The Quai d’Orsay called in early November the French passing through Iran to “leave the country as soon as possible given the risk of arbitrary detention to which they are exposed”.
Family, friends and colleagues also want to make Cécile Kohler known. Trade unionist in charge of international relations at Force Ouvrière, this agrégé in modern letters has chosen to continue teaching for “staying in contact with the field, colleagues and students”repeat the DNA.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) called this week for his release ” without delay “as well as that of Jacques Paris, and that they can benefit from “immediate consular assistance”.
Cecile is “embodied devotion” according to her relatives, a teacher “always voluntary for classes deemed difficult”describes Marine, a colleague and friend. “A person with an immense joie de vivre” for Anthony, former roommate.
Saliha, maintenance worker at Les Pierres Vives high school in Carrières-sur-Seine in the Yvelines where Cécile Kohler works, testifies to a teacher “not haughty” who “gave us, cleaners, as much importance as teachers”.