French FM quits over Tunisia

2011-02-27 19:24

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.