French "Libération" newspaper devoted a special report on Tunisia in its special edition of December.
Entitled "2011, a year of excitements", the 12-page report recounts the main events that happened in Tunisia in 2011.
The leading article signed by François Sergent laments the fact that Tunisia's partners and France in the lead, ''have always shown an accommodating attitude ''with the successor of Bourguiba", writing "a kindly lobby made up of rightwing as well as leftwing politicians has protected this country despite its violations of the most elementary human rights."
Entitled "Tunisia, anger is in the street", the first report of "Libération" describes the protests that started in mid-December in central Tunisia to reach the capital on December 27, 2010.
"From jobless graduates to lawyers, including secondary school students, the rebellion is spreading all over the country", says the report introduction.
"Growth has not been strong enough to make people forget about anything else", affirms Maghreb expert Pierre Vermeren in another report, stressing that "the Tunisian model is out of breath because the regime (of Ben Ali) has promised the population economic wellbeing in return for a lack of liberties."
Editor Antoine Guiral analyses for his part the French policy in Tunisia saying "Claude Guéant (Secretary General of the Elysée), in charge of Tunisia's case, and the Elysée have played down the significance of the Revolution."
He reports the words of some French officials like Culture and Communication Minister Frédéric Mitterand who declared on December 9, 2010 on Canal+ TV channel: "I think it quite excessive to say Tunisia is a one-to-one dictatorship, as we often do."Another report relates the events that took place from January 14 when "thousands of Tunisians took to the streets to claim the resignation of president Ben Ali."
"Can this first democratic revolution of the Maghreb streets lead to actual transition?" wonders in turn reporter Christophe Ayad who reckons that this is a "huge challenge for the Arab world". "Libération" special correspondent in Tunis Léa-Lisa Westerhoff describes in a report the looting by protesters of the houses of Ben Ali's in-laws in mid-January, writing "for 23 years, these in-laws have crystallised all the hatred of the Tunisian people for they are the very symbol of the injustice of all the system."
The last report by journalist Elodie Auffray provides a profile of "Ennahdha" movement leader Rached Ghannouchi, saying : "the leader of Ennahdha, winner of Tunisian elections, wavers between democracy and religious strictness."