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Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2011-01-10

France on Monday joined the US and the EU in condemning the weekend’s social unrest in Tunisia, in which at least 14 people were killed.

Responding to the weekend’s unrest in Tunisia, which left at least 14 people dead, France condemned the latest violence and called for a national dialogue, a French foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

"We deplore the violence, which caused casualties, and call for calm," French Foreign Minister spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters in Paris. “Tunisia is confronted by economic and social problems. Only dialogue will allow Tunisians to get over them," he added.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton also expressed concern about the situation and called on Tunisian authorities to release demonstrators and to avoid using force.

"We call for restraint in the use of force and for respect of fundamental freedoms," said Ashton’s spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic at a news briefing in Brussels Monday. "We call for the immediate release from detention of bloggers, journalists, lawyers and other people who were detained, who were peacefully demonstrating in Tunisia."

On Friday, the US State Department summoned Tunisia’s ambassador to Washington to express concerns over the recent violence and to urge the Tunisian government to protect civil liberties and the right to assemble peacefully.

 

Date created : 2011-01-10

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