French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that the new constitution in Tunisia "proves" the harmony between Islam and democracy. Speaking at a ceremony for the adoption of the new document in Tunis, Hollande pledged €700 million for unspecified development projects in the country.
"The constitution honours your revolution and is an example for other countries to follow," President Hollande told the audience of local notables and invited guests, including representatives of 27 countries. "It confirms what I had said in July, that Islam is compatible with democracy."
He added that the constitution sets out the foundations of a new republican system based on the values of Islam and human rights. Tunisia's new constitution contains guarantees for civil freedoms, the independence of the judiciary and equality for all citizens, men and women alike.
In conclusion, Hollande invited the world to visit Tunisia; "this hospitable, beautiful and democratic country".