Rama Yade, former Deputy Minister for Human Rights in France
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
Mark Twain said, “They did not know it was impossible, so they did it.” Today, Iranian women knew it was impossible, so they did it. Because it is women who have been leading the Iranian revolution for six months now, taking all the risks such as arrest and detention.
It is to them that I would like to pay tribute from the bottom of my heart, and to them that I would like to offer my most sincere encouragement.
Six months that thanks to them, their cry for freedom brought Iran’s spring. Six months they have triggered in provincial Iran, like Mashad to the bazaar and football stadium in Tehran, to the Cannes Film Festival itself, a wind of protest that is nothing more than a huge demand for freedom.
Not a day goes by without them hoisting their veils. On the eve of the entry into the Paris Pantheon of this exceptional woman who is Simone Veil, we French women will have to consider the fight of Iranian women as ours.
Iranian women have launched an irreversible movement for change in Iran. They are the first victims of a regime that targets them first and foremost. The regime is aware of the profoundly political dimension of the ongoing revolution. He knows that a woman, the first of the Iranian women, inspired this movement thanks to the thousands Ashraf that spread throughout the country, Mrs. Rajavi.
And I am very proud that the French government did not give in when it was asked to restrict the Iranian resistance. France is beautiful when it protects freedom fighters.
But one thing is certain, change in Iran will not come from abroad, but from the Iranians themselves. Simply because Iran belongs to the Iranians.