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Tunisian Ruling Party Feels Heat After Egyptian Coup

The vote of confidence by French President François Hollande is drowned out by the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the rise of a Tunisian “Tamarod movement.”
Tunisia's Minister of Defence Rachid Sabbagh (L) and French President Francois Hollande listen to their respective national anthems at the martyrs' mausoleum in Sijoumi in Tunis, July 5, 2013. REUTERS/Anis Mili (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX11DA6

TUNIS, Tunisia —  As French President François Hollande landed in Tunisia on July 4 to begin the first visit by a French head of state since Tunisia's uprising in January 2011, the country's ruling Islamists had just become more politically isolated than at any time since coming to power.

Would Hollande — given his country's historic hostility to political Islam of all forms — change his previously friendly tone toward Tunisia's government now that its biggest regional ally, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, had been removed from government?

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