Iran 'allows Clotilde Reiss to leave for France'

A French lecturer charged with spying in Iran after last June's disputed election has left the country, the French president's office has said.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Clotilde Reiss would arrive in Paris at about 1300 (1100 GMT), AFP reported.

She was sentenced to 10 years in jail but this was commuted to a fine of $285,000 (£190,000), her lawyer said.

The 25-year-old was accused of espionage and e-mailing photographs of anti-government protests.

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