0655 GMT January 19, 2020
Bahram Qassemi, a former envoy to Spain and Italy and current spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, has been appointed as Iran's new ambassador to France, an official source in Tehran told AFP.
In Paris, the Official Gazette on Wednesday said that Philippe Thiebaud, a former envoy to Pakistan who once represented France at the UN atomic watchdog, had been appointed as ambassador to Iran.
Qassemi and Thiebaud will fill posts that had been vacant for more than six months after a series of diplomatic fallouts between France and Iran broke out last year.
The previous French ambassador left Iran at the end of his mandate in August while Tehran's envoy left Paris last summer before finishing his term. No official reason was given for his abrupt departure.