At the call of France's New Force Party (PFN), described as an extreme right-wing political group, almost a thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Monday (26 November) to protest what they called 'Islamic fanaticism' occurring in Iran.
SV Demonstrators marching in procession
CU Portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini labelled 'Assassin' being carried
MV Demonstrators carrying French flag
SV Marchers with Khomeini portrait marching
CU Marchers holding burning portrait of Khomeini
SV Woman applauding demonstrators from balcony as portrait is burnt (2 shots)
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Background: At the call of France's New Force Party (PFN), described as an extreme right-wing political group, almost a thousand demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Monday (26 November) to protest what they called 'Islamic fanaticism' occurring in Iran. The marchers said they wanted to save the honour of the West by boycotting Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran. Some Iranians joined in.
SYNOPSIS: The PFN, in organising this demonstration was underlining one of the principal platforms of party leader Pascal Gauchon, who plans to run in the 1981 French Presidential elections.
Banners with portraits labelling the Ayatollah Khomeini as an 'Assassin', and the French Tricolour, were carried by the protestors. They said the Ayatollah is trying to blackmail the West.
In a speech Mr. Gauchon said that even though France needs Iranian oil, it should not bow to the dictates of the Ayatollah. He called for an economic and political boycott of Iran.
The French branch of the Euro-Right Group burned a portrait of Iran's spiritual leader. They received some support from watchers, but police dispersed the procession before it reached the Iranian Embassy where Iranian students made speeches and distributed pamphlets, attacking the taking of U.S. Embassy hostages in Teheran.