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Was France right to remove staff from its embassy in Iran?

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 Hard-line Iranian students attacked the British embassy in Tehran, Iran, on Nov. 29. Here, riot police attempt to control the crowds.(Vahid Salemi/Associated Press)France is removing some staff and their family members from its embassy in Iran, following a row at the British embassy that was stormed by protesters last week.

The French diplomatic official described the decision as a preventative security measure, and acknowledged it was a response to the attack on the U.K. mission. But it will remain open and operational, although he did not confirm how many staffers will remain.

At full capacity, the French embassy is run by 20 to 30 French citizens including some French-Iranian dual citizens. A French high school in Tehran will also remain open, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record.

On Tuesday, Iranian students stormed two British diplomatic sites in Tehran, smashing windows and looting property. British Prime Minister David Cameron called the events "outrageous and indefensible," and Canada joined in on the international condemnation of the violence.

France announced earlier this week that it was recalling its ambassador for consultations following the attack, as have Germany and the Netherlands. Italy and Spain summoned Iranian envoys to condemn the attacks.

Was France right to remove staff from its embassy in Iran? Is the move in the best interest of their citizens' safety, or will it increase the diplomatic tension between Iran and the West? Let us know in the comments section below.

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