The Shah of Iran's main religious opponent, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny has been granted his application for an extension of his French residence permit which was to expire on January the fifth.
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SV Khomeiny leaving house and walking across street
SV Khomeiny arriving at tent for prayers
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SV's Khomeiny telling beads as others pray (THREE SHOTS)
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Background: The Shah of Iran's main religious opponent, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny has been granted his application for an extension of his French residence permit which was to expire on January the fifth. Reports said the Shi'ite Moslem leader asked to be allowed to stay in France in a formal letter to the French authorities. Reuters news agency says it has not been revealed whether the exile has been given a one-year permit or a shorter extension.
SYNOPSIS: Ayatollah Khomeiny arrived in Paris on October the sixth on a three month Tourist visa. Since then he has been living at the small village of Neauphles Le Chateau, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Paris. His lease on the house expires on January 15th and his landlord has decided not to renew it.
Seventy-eight year old Ayatollah Khomeiny held prayers for his followers on Wednesday, the day of his application to continue living in France. He has been a focus for those in Iran opposed to the Shah and his government. And his name and picture have been carried prominently in demonstrations during which thousands have died. The French government has warned Ayatollah Khomeiny three times that he must desist from making any speech liable to incite violence.
Despite Iranian Government attempts to discredit the Ayatollah, there has been no request for France to expel him. While in France he has been free to make appeals to his followers to oppose the Shah's regime.