Sarkozy admits France 'underestimated' Tunisian anger
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy admitted Monday that France had previously underestimated the anger of the Tunisian people at Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's ousted regime.
France had been criticised for having supported Ben Ali's authoritarian rule for too long, in the face of mounting frustration of Tunisian citizens seeking greater political and economic freedom.
Speaking to reporters, Sarkozy acknowledged Paris had been slow to speak out, but said he had to be very careful not to be seen to interfere in the sovereignty of former French colonies and protectorates.
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