Tunis — Tunisia and France agreed to exert their efforts and use all the possibilities of mediation with other partners to reach an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, asserts a statement of the Presidency of the Republic, following a telephone talk, Sunday morning, between caretaker President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki and French President Francois Hollande.
The talk turned on the situation in the Gaza strip in light of the increase of the number of Palestinian civilian victims and the risks of the development of ground operation, situation which calls for an urgent ceasefire, the statement reads.
In the same connection, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who participates Sunday in a meeting in Vienna on Iran, asserted that ceasefire in the Gaza strip and stopping the escalation between the Israelis and the Palestinians is an absolute priority for France. The statements made few day earlier by President Hollande expressing "solidarity of France with Israel) in front of the rocket attack from Gaza" had provoked a strong reaction of indignation of the political class and the civil society in Tunisia.
In this connection, Al-Massar party and the National Tunisian Journalists Union (SNJT) had announced the boycott of the celebration by the embassy of France to Tunisia of the National French Day on July 14, because of the "frank support" of French president Francois Hollande to the Zionists entity" in its aggression against Gaza. Demonstrations were staged throughout the regions of the country as a sign of support to the children of Gaza and condemn the Israeli air raids which made so far about 150 deaths and more than one thousands injured.