Tunisia - The Past - French and French Intervention


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Tunisia - The Past

French Intervention

In 1830 the French were installing themselves in Algeria and felt strong enough tofrighten the bey next door into a treaty by which he renounced piracy.

Inevitable bankruptcy made the regime dependent on long-term loans from French financiers, and gradually their stake in Tunisia's economy gave them a say in it's government.


When in 1880 a Tunisian clan crossed the frontier into Algeria, the French felt entitled to rush in.

They marched on Tunis and quelled by force the uprisings that broke out across the country.

In 1881 and 1883, treaties obliged the bey to implement whatever reforms a French Resident Minister proposed, and French officials moved into all spheres of administration.

Tunisia, technically only 'protected', was a thoroughgoing colony.