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French academic back home after release from Iran

By the CNN Wire Staff
Clotilde Reiss defends herself during a hearing at a revolutionary court in Tehran on August 8.
Clotilde Reiss defends herself during a hearing at a revolutionary court in Tehran on August 8.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Clotilde Reiss arrives in Paris on Sunday, French president's office says
  • A recent ruling by Iranian authorities paved the way for Reiss' departure
  • Reiss was among some 4,000 people arrested in connection with protests in Iran last year
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Paris, France (CNN) -- Clotilde Reiss, a French woman jailed in Iran last summer, has landed in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Sunday.

Reiss was due to be met by her family upon her arrival. They will then accompany her for a meeting with Sarkozy at the presidential palace, the president's office said.

Reiss flew from Tehran to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, then on to Paris aboard a French government plane, said presidential spokesman Pierre Regent.

A recent ruling by Iranian authorities paved the way for Reiss' departure, the French foreign ministry said Saturday.

Reiss was among some 4,000 people arrested in connection with protests after the June 12 presidential election.

Thousands of Iranians demonstrated against the official result of the vote -- the re-election of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Reiss was released from prison in August and had been confined to the French Embassy in Tehran.

CNN's Mitra Mobasherat contributed to this report.