Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sarko Propping Up Regime In Face Of Tunisian Protests?

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, was accused today of tacitly propping up dictatorship in north Africa and of botched diplomacy in France's ambivalent response to the tumults in Tunis.

Analysts, EU diplomats and French opposition figures said the Sarkozy administration, following years of close relations with the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia, had been caught napping by the "jasmine revolution" despite weeks of protests in the former French colony and the extensive and intimate human, business, and political links between France and Tunisia.

"Overall the French have been agnostic, along the lines of 'better the dictator you know than the dictator you don't,'" said an EU official.'


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