French academic freed from Iranian prison

The French academic who is part of a mass trial in Iran has been freed from prison on bail and turned over to the French embassy in good health, officials said Sunday, as they asked that charges against her be dropped. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said "that nothing can justify" the case against Clotilde Reiss, 24, and an embassy employee, who are accused of fanning a revolt aimed at bringing down Iran's Islamic rulers. The president spoke with Reiss as soon as she left Teheran's Evin prison and reported that she was in good health and spirits, his office said in a statement. Sarkozy "noted the dignity and courage with which Clotilde Reiss has faced this challenge," the statement said.