Paris: France's Foreign Ministry says the country is recalling its ambassador to Iran for consultations after an attack on the British Embassy in Tehran.
The ministry says in a statement that France was moved to act "in the face of this flagrant and unacceptable violation of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations and the gravity of the violence."
A ministry spokesman said earlier on Thursday that France had summoned Iran's ambassador to Paris to express French concerns over the attack.
The French government's spokeswoman said earlier that President Nicolas Sarkozy had told ministers that the international community "must heavily sanction Iran" for the attack -- such as through a possible embargo on oil exports or the freeze of Iranian central bank holdings.