French foreign minister quits after Tunisia blunders

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.