France pledges Tunisia full support for transition

AP News
Posted: Jan 05, 2012 3:30 PM
France pledges Tunisia full support for transition

France's foreign minister has told Tunisia's leaders they can expect France's full support for the North African country's democratic transition.

Alain Juppe said Thursday during his visit that Tunisia has France's support because its democracy was founded on values the two countries hold in common, including respect for freedom and women's rights.

He added that France would boost its aid to help Tunisia.

Juppe is the first high-level Western official to visit the country since the formation of its new government following the victory by a moderate Islamist party in October's election.

Juppe's predecessor was criticized for having too close relations with Tunisia's dictator, who was overthrown in January after a monthlong popular uprising.