The ambassador has joined other Tunisian journalists, former players, and Tunisia’s prime minister in sharing their disapproval.
Rabat – France’s ambassador to Tunisia, Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, also put himself in the same basket as Tunisia’s prime minister, Tarek Chahed, by joining him in denouncing the CAF’s executive committee decision to penalize the Tunisian team, Esperance de Tunis (EST) for a number of violations.
In a Facebook post, Poivre d’Arvor has published his version of facts on the security measures Tunisia put during the African Champions League Final in Rades, Tunisia.
“I fully associate myself with his protest, for having been present with him that night, to have noticed inside the stadium and outside, the quality of maintaining order, the exemplary work of the security forces as well as the benevolent conduct of the public,” wrote the ambassador in his Facebook account.
“Say that Tunisian is not safe, it is bad and unfair trial. Oblige the blood and Gold to replay a final won at home ‘on neutral ground’ as if Tunisia is not worthy, it is an offense against the territorial sovereignty of a great football club,” he added.
The French politician did not stop at only sharing the same point of view as Chahed, he went on to bear his full support to the Tunisian club and Tunisia as a whole.
“Long Live L’Esperance. Long Live Tunisia!” he concluded.
The ambassador has, however, deleted the post from his Facebook account.
CAF’s decision has fallen too heavy on Tunisian journalists, former footballers, and prime minister who went hysterical.
Upon learning on the CAF’s decision on Wednesday, Tunisia’s TV Channel, Nessma TV, has used Morocco’s first national cause, the Western Sahara issue, to publish a provocative news story.
The news story, titled “Polisario calls for more pressure on Morocco,” reports on a letter that Polisario’s representative sent to the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, Colin Stewart. In this call to action, the representative asks the UN to pressure Rabat to remove the alleged 7 million mines it planted across Morocco’s defense wall.
Nessma TV has, however, removed the story from its website.