As President Ahmadinejad informed the international press on April 4 that 15 British service personnel detained for their alleged illegal entry into Iranian waters were being released, France's Foreign Ministry called on Iran to allow a French researcher to leave the country by returning him his confiscated passport, Radio Farda and AFP reported on April 4. Ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau asked Iran to "quickly find a solution" to allow Stephane Dudoignon to regain his passport and leave Iran. He was briefly detained on January 30 after taking photographs of a religious ceremony in the town of Chah-Bahar on Iran's southeastern coast, AFP reported, but his personal effects and passports were kept when he was released. Dudoignon is a sociologist of religions working at the National Science Research Center (CNRS) in Paris, AP reported. He is currently in an "effective" state of house arrest and staying in the Tehran home of the family of his Iranian wife, AFP reported, citing "Le Monde." VS

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