Checkpoint Tunisia 26' – Arabic & French
Unlike Europe, a regular victim of attacks, Tunisia has not suffered any Daesh attack for the past two years now. However, European tourists are very few to visit the country, out of fear. A fear maintained for example by Switzerland, which warns tourists against the “risk of terrorist acts”.
Year : 2017
Production : Framevox, Agnès Boutruche
Director : Nadia Fares
Journalist : Maurine Mercier
Editing : Chloé Seyssel
Broadcasting : Magazine Temps Présent, Radio Télévision Suisse
Tunisia has gone from a beautiful postcard to that of a country where you can be killed while sun-bathing on the beach. The attacks on Sousse Beach in 2015 are said to have caused irreparable image damage. However, since 2015, the country has not suffered any attacks from Daesh or its branches, whereas in Europe, attacks are happening one after another (Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin, London, Manchester).
Tunisians are shocked by these European governments – including Switzerland – who still continue today to dissuade their nationals from visiting Tunisia for holidays, in particular through “travel advice”, which is still very alarming.
The lack of tourists is synonymous of a rising unemployment rate, a social despair that can end up jeopardising the brand new democracy, the only success of the Arab Spring. Hopeless, young people are tempted by extremes, and for example, women who are very active in the tourism sector, must go stay home. The absence of European tourists proves Daesh right”, summarises an hotelier.
Temps Present met these Tunisians men and women who counted on us, Europeans: according to them, a developing & working economy is the best barrier to Islamists and extremists.
Projections et diffusions
- Wednesday 21 June 2017 - RTS 1
- Thursday 22 June 2017 - RTS 2
- Sunday 25 June 2017 - RTS 2