Migration and mobility

The French Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, went to Tunis on 6 November 2020 where he met the Head of Government and the President of the Republic. Discussions focused on the fight against terrorism and irregular migration. Although it was planned for some time, this visit took a special turn after the attack in Nice on 29 October by a Tunisian national.

Wishing to deport some twenty Tunisians suspected of being radicalized, France has already deported a Tunisian national last week. In this context, Tunisia has declared itself ready to «receive any of its nationals» who will be expelled from France provided that «it is done in accordance with the conditions and regulations» provided by international law.

In this context, the Tunisian Minister of Interior, Taoufik Charfeddine, explained that the French authorities must preserve the dignity of these individuals whom Tunisia will host after conducting the necessary checks. For his part, Gerald Darmanin presented a list of Tunisian nationals in an irregular situation and suspected of being radicalized; about twenty Tunisians would soon be returned to their country while about forty others should follow.

Gerald Darmanin visited Morocco on 16 October and Algeria on 7 November. The French minister is touring the Mediterranean countries to discuss the fight against terrorism.