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Sarkozy: France wants to be at the forefront to help Tunisia

Published the:  16/02/2011

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February 16, 2011 - TAP - French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed, at a Cabinet meeting, on Wednesday February 16, 2011, France's willingness to be "at the forefront in helping Tunisia", AFP reported, quoting government spokesman François Baroin.
For this purpose, "a proposal of an action plan for Tunisia" was submitted to the Cabinet meeting by French Prime Minister François Fillon.
"The President recalled that France seeks to be at the forefront in helping Tunisians realize their aspirations for freedom and democracy and support Tunisia's economic and social development", said Mr. Baroin.
According to minutes of the Cabinet meeting, "three priorities have been identified:" support for Tunisia to "establish democracy, rule of law and fight against corruption", to modernize the economy and develop employment" and to "step up contacts with the civil societies".
This proposal will be submitted to the Tunisian authorities by France's new ambassador Boris Boillon " who arrives today (Wednesday) in Tunisia to end up with a joint action plan," said the minutes.
The same source added that French Ministers of the Economy and European Affairs, Christine Lagarde and Laurent Wauquiez, respectively, will visit Tunisia next February 22.
"France's support for the country's economic development and granting by the European Union of an" advanced status "to Tunisia before the end of this year will be reminded on the occasion", the source also said.
Finally, "France will give its full support to the Carthage International Conference on political and economic reforms scheduled in March”.