TUNISIA Issue dated 13/04/2021

Pressured by Macron, Saïed reluctantly cranks up OIF summit preparations

Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris in June 2020.
Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris in June 2020. ©Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP
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. [...] (608 words)
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