Thousands of supporters of an Iranian exile group are rallied north of Paris on Saturday in protest against the Iranian regime.

The event was organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, whose leader, Maryam Rajavi, urged the "creation of a new society, based on freedom, equality, democracy, respect for human rights and separation of religion and state".

The event Saturday in the suburb of Taverny drew former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and John Bolton, who served as Washington's ambassador to the UN.

The France-based umbrella group includes the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, which was removed from the European Union's list of banned terrorist groups last year.

The group is also lobbying the U.S. to stop classifying it as a terrorist organization.