Despite the insistent rumors circulating in recent months, the 18e Francophonie Summit will be held in Djerba, face-to-face, on November 19 and 20. As an internal source confirms, “everyone today agrees on the place”. Same the Canada, which had nevertheless repeatedly expressed its reluctance to choose Tunisia, following the authoritarian turn taken by President Kaïs Saïed for a year.
However, there is no question for Ottawa of further postponing this fiftieth anniversary summit, initially scheduled for 2020 and already postponed twice due to the pandemic. “There really wasn’t an alternative,” according to our source. For a time considered, that of Paris fizzled while France preferred to support the Tunisian candidacy at arm’s length, rather than of find themselves having to finance this summit themselves.
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Especially since in recent months, the Tunisian authorities have seriously accelerated the pace of investment in Djerba, both from a logistical and organizational point of view with, in particular, the construction of roads and the renovation of hotels. “Tunisia has entered the home stretch”, it is estimated with certain relief at the Paris headquarters of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), whose delegation is also taking off on September 6 for a new mission. three-day on-site evaluation.