Summer is coming to an end, the beaches are emptying, Western tourists and Tunisians from abroad pack their bags. The Algerians have also taken the road back, as can be seen from the yellow registrations which go west.
Yet Tunisia was counting on its direct neighbors to boost a tourism sector in freefall since the Revolution. The National Union of Travel Agencies Algerian announced the figure of 1 million visitors to whom President Kaïs Saïed promised a hassle-free stay, going so far as to grant them the right to break a few rules of the highway code…
The ace ! The late opening of the land borders between the two countries, which occurred only on July 15, compromised this plan and directed Algerians to other destinations. But whatever. the Tunisians were there, from all the outings and all the leisure activities! With a lust for life that is equaled only by the fear of an uncertain future and an appetite to consume proportional to soaring prices.
Tunisia: itinerary of a free woman
It was crowded everywhere, festive and twirling, as if the country was doing wonderfully, while everything is going wrong. Indulge in the pleasure of consumption and faire the party seems the miracle remedy against political deadlock, the economic crisis, the absence of any vision for the future.
July 25, 2021 seems a long way off indeed. Those – including myself – who took to the streets to support the presidential decision to freeze the activities of Parliament and crack down on the Islamists saw nothing coming.
Those who went to the polls a year later for the referendum on a new Constitution are beginning to wonder about the real repercussions of such a consultation: “Anyway, this referendum is a masquerade, an indignant professor of university. It is illegal and was carried out without consultation. With barely 27% of voters [soit 2,5 millions d’électeurs sur 9,3 millions]he has not none validity. »