Macron says France to double investment in Tunisia

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Macron made the remarks during his address to the Tunisian Assembly of People's Representatives, or the parliament, in the capital Tunis.

The unemployment rate in Tunisia stands at over 15 percent, and the number even doubles among graduates.

He said France will launch an emergency program worth 100 million euros (62.5 million U.S. dollars) for Tunisian small and medium-sized enterprises.

Meanwhile, Macron announced a 100-million-euro program to secure jobs for young Tunisians via the office of the French Development Agency in Tunis.

TUNIS, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Visiting French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that his country will double investment in Tunisia during his term.

The French president also pledged to turn Tunisian debts into development projects, including the construction of a regional hospital in Gafsa, a province in southeastern Tunisia, which will cost about 100 million euros.

It is Macron's first state visit to Tunisia since election in 2017, where he met with his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi and Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.