French foreign minister quits after Tunisia blunders

PARIS - French Foreign Minister MicheleAlliot-Marie presented her resignation in a letter to PresidentNicolas Sarkozy on Sunday, following a series of gaffes over theuprising in Tunisia.
"I ask you to accept my resignation," Alliot-Marie wrote inthe letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

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

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