- French occupation of Tunisia
The French occupation of Tunisia began in spring 1881, and would end only with the independence of Tunisia in 1956.
Mr. Jules Aimé Bréart entered
Tunisbetween May 3 and May 6, 1881. He had in his possessions the Bardo Treatyestablishing a protectorate on Tunisia, cabled to him on the eve by the French government. On May 11, General Bréart, the general consul Théodore Roustanand the General Pierre Léon Mauraud, accompanied by an armed escort, presented to the bey of Tunis, residing in Ksar Saïd, the clauses of the Bardo Treaty. Surprised, Sadok Beyrequested several hours for reflexion, and immediately gathered his cabinet. Some of its members insisted that the bey should escape towards Kairouanto organize the resistance, but Sadok Bey finally decided to accept the protectorate. The Bardo Treaty was signed by both parties, under the threat of the French troops.
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