French foreign minister quits after Tunisia blunders

By REUTERS
February 27, 2011 19:14

PARIS - French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie presented her resignation in a letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday, following a series of gaffes over the uprising in Tunisia.

"I ask you to accept my resignation," Alliot-Marie wrote in the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.




Sarkozy, due to make a televised address later on Sunday, is expected to replace her with Defence Minister Alain Juppe, a veteran conservative who served as prime minister and foreign minister in the 1990s.



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