FRANCE – MAGHREB: THE IMPOSSIBLE EQUATION (4/4) – At the end of the July 25, 2022 referendum which sanctioned the promulgation of a new Constitution in Tunisia, the international community does not seem to know on which foot to dance: to restore the authority of a État whom he considers, together with many Tunisians, as bankrupt, Kaïs Saïed has appropriated most of the powers, trampling on some democratic beacons in the process.
The disapproval expressed by the United States and the European Union (EU) was not shared by France, as had been the case since the offensive carried out by Kaïs Saïed a year earlier.
“If Tunisians voted freely for the man they support, why should we interfere? We would put on our hands a new Lebanon”, confides a Diplomat from the Quai d’Orsay.
France – Maghreb: Macron, Mohammed VI, Tebboune and Saïed… the impossible equation
Today, the Élysée and the Quai d’Orsay have finally agreed to smooth things over with Tunisia, an attitude that Carthage likes. The Tunisian presidency has indeed appreciated the consideration reserved for the head of government, Najla Bouden, guest of honor at the Rencontres des entrepreneurs de France 2022, in Paris, on August 29. “For the Tunisian elites, when things are bad, we go to Paris in search of support,” smiles Hamza Meddeb, an analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center.