Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Music producer Uppermost: From the courthouse to the club

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Bulgarian president-elect hopes for lifting of Russia sanctions

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

30 years of Erasmus: Financing fun or funding employment?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

US policy towards Putin's Russia: A new era?

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Burmese policemen abuse Rohingya in a video, and a Malian is deported from France in handcuffs

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Donald Trump's busy weekend

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France's electricity grid under pressure amid cold snap

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Pound tumbles ahead of Theresa May speech

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Africa-France summit kicks off in Bamako

Read more

France

Juppe arrives in Tunisia, urges respect for rule of law

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-01-06

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe landed in Tunisia Thursday for a two-day visit to strengthen ties between the two countries during which he will urge the country's new government to respect certain “principles” regarding minority populations.

AFP - French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe arrived Thursday in Tunisia for a two-day visit during which he is to urge the north African state's new government to respect the rule of law.

Juppe, who is on his second visit to Tunisia in less than a year, was met by his counterpart Rafik Abdessalem, with whom he had his first meeting, official news agency TAP reported.

France's top diplomat is also scheduled to meet Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, as well as members of civil societies and the French community in Tunisia.

Ahead of the visit targeted at "reinforcing bilateral relations and consolidating the privileged partnership between Tunisia and France," Juppe said he would urge the new authorities to respect the rule of law.

"What we said is that we will be vigilant that a number of principles are respected -- respect of all minorities, religious ones in particular, the respect of the status of women, and that's the message that I am sending to our Tunisian friends," he told I-tele on Tuesday.

Juppe's call was met with mixed reception, with commentary in some media pointing out that Paris had supported the regime of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali until the end.

Ben Ali's regime was toppled by mass protests on January 14 last year while Tunisia's new government headed by Jebali of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party was sworn in on December 24.

Date created : 2012-01-05

  • TUNISIA

    Tunisia's first democratically elected government sworn in

    Read more

  • FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE

    ‘Extremism is not acceptable’, says Tunisia’s new president

    Read more

  • FRANCE 24 EXCLUSIVE

    Women's rights 'guaranteed' says Tunisian PM

    Read more

COMMENT(S)