France exchanged an Iranian terrorist, and an Engineer with a French academic. Although France denies prisoner exchange but the timeline of recent events bring more suspicion of a deal behind the scene.
An Iranian Engineer Majid Kakavand who had been arrested in March 2009 at the request of the US, flew home to Iran last Friday on May 14, 2010.
A French academic Clotilde Reiss who was arrested at Tehran airport on July 1 , 2009 flew home to France on Sunday May 16 , 2010.
An Iranian assassin Ali Vakili Rad who was serving life sentence for murdering Iran's last prime minister under Shah, also freed and flew back home to Iran on May 18, 2009. He stabbed Shapour Bakhtiar to death at Dr. Bakhtiar's home in Paris on August 6, 1991.
France exchanged two Iranian prisoners with a French national. The timing of their release speaks for itself. Also, this is not the first time that French government resort to secret deals to exchange prisoners with Iran. Anis Naccache was a militant Lebanese who sentenced to life in prison on May 10, 1982 for attempting to assassinAnis Naccacheate Shapour Bakhtiar. Annis Naccache and his four accomplice failed on their attempt but they managed to kill a lady, wounded another lady and a French police officer who paralyzed for life.
Anis Naccache managed to negotiate a deal between Iran and France from prison cell that led to release of French hostages from Lebanon. President Francois Mitterrand pardoned him. He freed on July 27, 1990 and left Paris to Tehran. Now He lives between Tehran, Iran and Beirut, Lebanon.