French nationals tried to enter Tunisia ‘under diplomatic cover with arms and ammunition’ [Al Jazeera]

A group of armed French nationals intercepted along the Tunisia-Libya border last week are members of France’s intelligence services, according to an unnamed source in Tunisia’s presidency who was quoted by Radio France International (RFI).

Tunisia’s government denied the story, which came amid reports suggesting French citizens may have assisted renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar as his forces attempt to capture the Libyan capital, Tripoli.  

Tunisian authorities said they stopped more than 20 Europeans carrying weapons last week, including 13 French citizens, attempting to cross into the country from neighbouring Libya.

The French citizens tried to enter Tunisia along the Ras Jedir crossing “under diplomatic cover with arms

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