France Pledges Aid for New Tunisian Government

Tunisians take a rest at a wall with an Arabic slogan and the word "Freedom" sprayed on it during a protest to demand a new government in central Tunis, Tunisia, on Jan. 23. France pledges to extend aid to the country in its transition to democracy. Photo by: Nasser Nouri / CC BY-NC-SA Nasser NouriCC BY-NC-SA

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged emergency assistance, including economic aid, to support Tunisia’s transition to democracy.

“I have asked (Prime Minister) Francois Fillon to prepare measures that will be presented to Tunisia to help the transitional government, especially on the economic front,” he was quoted by Reuters as saying on Jan. 24. “I hope these measures can be put into place as quickly as possible.”

France will help Tunisia recover and return wealth plundered during the rule of ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Sarkozy said.

The European Union has also said it is ready to back Tunisia’s fledgling government, pledging support for the conduct of elections and an independent justice system.

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