Tunisia will accept deportees from France if judicial rights are guaranteed

NICE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 29: Forensic officers work at night in front of Notre Dame Basilica on October 29, 2020 in Nice, France. A man armed with a knife fatally attacked three people in the church, located in the heart of the city. (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 29: Forensic officers work at night in front of Notre Dame Basilica on October 29, 2020 in Nice, France. A man armed with a knife fatally attacked three people in the church, located in the heart of the city. (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)

Tunisia’s interior minister said Friday that the country will accept all Tunisian migrants deported from France following the fatal stabbings at a church in Nice as long as all judicial appeals have been exhausted.

“We are ready to accept every Tunisian, but with conditions preserving the dignity and giving him rights to access to all stages of judicial appeals in France before the deportation,” Interior Minister Taoufik Charfeddine said.

Last month, an assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice in France’s second deadly knife attack in two weeks with a suspected Islamist motive.

The suspected attacker is a 21-year-old from Tunisia who arrived in Europe in mid September in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia, that is a main landing point for migrants from Africa.

Tunisia, which faces a challenging economic situation and political instability since the 2011 revolution, saw a large increase in the flow of migrant boats towards Italy in the past three years.