Tunisian party: chuck out holidaying Le Pen

The Tunisian party Al-Majd wants to deport far right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen who is on holiday in the seaside resort of Hammamet. 

Tunisian party: chuck out holidaying Le Pen
Marie-Lan Nguyen

“Mr Le Pen, either you like Tunisians or you leave them,” writes the Al-Majd party in a press release on Tuesday. It calls for a “simple and straightforward” deportation of Le Pen. 

“The visit of Jean-Marie Le Pen, a hardened torturer in Algeria and a supporter of fascist ideology, is a insult to our republican values and to our movement of national liberation,” it writes.

The party Al-Majd was born during the Arab Spring and claims to occupy the centre ground of Tunisian politics. 

According to the daily Le Figaro, Le Pen was on holiday in the seaside resort Hammamet with his wife Jany. 

The resort has beautiful beaches and is a popular destination for French tourists.

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Tourism minister: Book your French ski holiday now

France’s ski resorts will be open for business this winter, tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne has promised - but no decision has yet been taken on whether a health pass will be required to use ski lifts.

Skiers at a French Alpine resort
Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP

“This winter, it’s open, the resorts are open,” Lemoyne told France 2’s 4 Vérités programme.

“Compared to last year, we have the vaccine,” he said, adding that he would “invite those who have not yet done so to [book], because … there will soon be no more room.”

And he promised an answer ‘in the next few days’ to the question of whether health passes would be required for winter holidaymakers to use ski lifts. “Discussions are underway with the professionals,” he said.

The stakes are high: the closure of ski lifts last winter cost manufacturers and ski shops nearly a billion euros. 

This year ski lifts will remain open, but a health pass may be necessary to access them. The health pass is already compulsory for après ski activities such as visits to bars, cafés and restaurants.

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Many town halls and communities which depend on winter sports have found it difficult or impossible to make ends meet.

“It’s time for the French mountains to revive,” Lemoyne said, pointing to the fact that the government has provided “more than €6 billion” in aid to the sector.

Winter tourism professionals, however, have said that they are struggling to recruit for the winter season.

“Restaurant and bars are very affected,” by the recruitment crisis, one expert told Franceinfo, blaming a lack of urgency from authorities towards the winter holiday industry.

“We are all asking ourselves what we should do tomorrow to find full employment in the resort,” the expert added.

Post-Brexit visa and work permit rules mean that ski businesses have found it difficult to recruit Brits for short-term, seasonal positions.