French PM mollifies Tunis with visit on 24 May
After cancelling a trip planned for March because of Covid-19, Jean Castex will head to the Tunisian capital next month for talks about security and economics with his counterpart Hichem Mechichi.
The Tunisian head of state has only seven months left to organise the 50th anniversary of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, an event that has been far from a prime concern of his. Ongoing health restrictions and the choice to hold it on the ill-equipped Djerba Island are not making things easier.
With the legal deadlines to recover the hundreds of millions of euros misappropriated by the clan of the ex-president about to expire, President Kais Saied is being hindered by government departments and the speaker of parliament, the Islamist Rached Ghannouchi.
As Tunisia continues to drag its feet over the organisation of the next summit of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, France is starting to run out of patience, while event-planning companies, which have been destabilised by the Covid-19 pandemic, still hope to take advantage of the gathering to restore their fortunes.