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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has detained a French tourist for nine months, his lawyer said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of detentions of foreigners at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West.

The detainee’s lawyer, Saeed Dehghan, described the charges against the French tourist held in Iran as “paradoxical,” involving murky security-related accusations. He identified the male tourist only as a 30-something French citizen named Benjamin, declining to give any further details.

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