French TV drama tells the story of Wahid Gordji variously portrayed by others as the No. 2 man at the embassy, an adept businessman and a link to Iran’s secret service and groups attracted to Iran’s Islamic revolutionary government. The events took place amidst the French Coabitation during which Socialist President François Mitterand was sharing power with his right wing opponent Jacques Chirac as his Prime Minister. Gordji was to seek refuge at the Iranian Embassy in Paris and after a 5 month ordeal what was to become known as the « embassy war » ended with a swapping of Gordji in exchange for French hostages in Lebanon. Roger Auque and Jean-Louis Normandin were freed by a shadowy Shiite group, the Revolutionary Justice Organization, after 10 months and 20 months, respectively, in captivity.
The Film Stars : Pascal Bonitzer (Pandraud), André Marcon (Pasqua), Michel Duchaussoy (Mitterrand), Thierry Lhermitte (Chirac), Pierre Trividic (Raimond), Pascal Bongard (Chalandon) © Canal+