Tunisia parliament criticises France for deporting its citizens

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin leaves Elysée Palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting, on October 14. [AFP]
The Tunisian parliament criticised Interior Minister Tawfiq Sharaf Eddine for accepting Tunisian citizens deportation from France, the New Khaleej reported yesterday.

Osama Al-Khulaifi, head of the parliamentary bloc of the Heart of Tunisia party, said: “It seems that there is a systemic policy” to deport Tunisians from abroad, stressing: “This is very dangerous.”

Tunisian media reported Al-Khulaifi commenting on Sharaf Eddine’s remarks that the Constitution does not prevent accepting returnees, saying: “The Constitution accepts the voluntary return of Tunisians abroad, not accepting deportees.”

“We have a framework agreement between us and France, dating back to 2008, that organises the return of Tunisians, and whoever proves to be Tunisian is welcome in his country, according to the guarantees laid down by the Tunisian constitution in this regard,” Sharaf Eddine said.

Adding that this was dealt with on a case by case basis, not “mass deportation”.

He said this decision proves the “weakness” of President Kais Saied as his government could not stand up to external pressure.

During his visit to Tunisia on Friday, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin discussed the deportation of 20 Tunisians with Saied and his prime minister.

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