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US embassy cables: France under fire over support for Tunisia

Guardian, 18 Jan 2011

* cable date: 16 Nov 2005

* last section :

7. (C) Comment: We view this controversy as indicative of the degree to which President Chirac’s “stability first” and tradition of cultivating close relations with aging Arab world dictators is increasingly out of step with current realities and prevailing media opinion in France. While the media focus on the Boltanski attack may subside in coming days, we expect that the GoF will remain vulnerable to further domestic criticism for inaction on human rights issues in Tunisia — as the MFA speculated, as long as Chirac remains president. End comment. Please visit Paris’

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