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Iran announced on Thursday the closure of a Tehran-based French research institute, AFP reports.

The move is a protest against cartoons of the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that were published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

"The ministry is ending the activities of the French Institute for Research in Iran as a first step," the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement quoted by AFP, a day after Tehran had warned Paris of consequences.

Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday published the caricatures of Khamenei in support of the anti-regime protests that have gripped Iran since September, in a special edition to mark the anniversary of the deadly 2015 attack on its Paris office which left 12 people dead.

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian tweeted in response that "the insulting and indecent act of a French publication in publishing cartoons against the religious and political authority will not go without an effective and decisive response".

Iran's foreign ministry also summoned French ambassador Nicolas Roche.