TUNIS, (Xinhua): During an address delivered at the Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly on Friday, French President Fran ois Hollande pledged to “rebuild Tunisian-French relations on new bases.”
France is ready to cooperate with all Tunisian parties, he said, adding that France “knows that Islam and democracy are compatible. ”
Hollande also announced that France would transform Tunisia’s debt into development projects and urge French businessmen to further invest in the country.
The French head of State also paid tribute to the slain political opposition leader, Chokri Belaid, calling for the capture of his assassins.
He also apologized to the widow of Farhat Hached, a trade union leader allegedly killed by a French paramilitary group in 1952, adding that he will help uncover the truth behind the assassination, by promising to open up French classified archives on the subject.
Hollande, who will wrap up his two-day visit to Tunisia later on Friday, met on Thursday with the country’s president Moncef Marzouki and Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh.