15 Jan '11, 8pm

European tourists evacuated from Tunisia

PARIS: European tour operators on Saturday evacuated thousands of vacationers from Tunisia after a wave of unrest forced the president from power and left the popular tourist destination reeling. French tour operator Ceto warned it could take a few days to bring home the estimated 8,000 French visitors, due to the evening curfew and the need to find planes and arrange special flights, said group head Rene-Marc Chikli. Tunisia reopened all airports and its airspace on Saturday after they were apparently closed the day before as deposed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali prepared to flee the country, ultimately heading to Saudi Arabia -- although a civil aviation official later denied there was any temporary closure. In London, Europe's biggest tour company Thomas Cook along with First Choice said they hoped to bring back nearly all their 1,500 clients within the next day. Th...

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