French president Emmanuel Macron has promised that his government would provide Tunisia with over €227 million in new financing as the North African nation faces its worst economic crisis since the fall of its longtime strongman Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
The funding is set to boost the economy of Tunisia, create employment for the over half a million youths with university degrees. The move is a long-term plan to discourage radicalization and the increased immigration by the youths to Europe and the Middle East.
France intends to provide a further €500 million support for the 2020-2022 period, Macron announced. Macron affirmed Thursday before the Tunisian parliament his country’s support for Tunisia’s democratic transition that he described as a model of hope for the Muslim world.