After arriving in Tunis, an Air France plane turns back for Paris

Arrivé à Tunis, un avion Air France fait demi-tour sans atterrir

Due to political unrest in Tunis, this Air France flight returned to Paris on 31 January without approaching the terminal. All passengers and crew remained on board.  The French airline had suspended flights on 14 and 15 January because of Tunisia’s political situation, but resumed schedules without interruption since 16 January 2011.

UPDATE

In lieu of the long since vanished image, here is a collection of Air France and Tunisia related content, and a nice video. Pro-tip: Do not hot link to images!

Air France plane on runway in Paris

Air France flight 8969 on Christmas Eve 1994

Travel log Tunisia via Tunisair by way of Mulhouse Lyon Marseille

The video was inspired by this delightful post about Air France. I concur with JetFlyBoy:

Let’s think about the idea of hammocks in-flight. They’re unaffected (for the most part) by turbulence. You can fit more people in. [They cost less than a lie-flat business class seat… hygienic; Super light and efficient. Which airline will be bringing hammock class into the 21st century?

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Ben-Ali departs Tunisia

After decades of autocratic rule, Ben-Ali fled the country last week. Rumors of his whereabouts are numerous. Two of the more likely destinations are Paris or Malta.

Ben Ali a quitté la Tunisie, le Premier ministre prêt à assumer le pouvoir

Tunisia heraldry lion ship scales of justice

Heraldry of Tunisia

Ben-Ali departed on 10 January 2011. The Prime Minister promptly assumed the role of head-of-state.

Since 2000, the people of Tunisia have been unhappy about Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali,

but they have opted to put up with the regime, much as one puts up with diabetes.

I hope for the best for Tunisia. I recall my Roman Republic and 20th century world history classes. Tunisia has a distinguished past: Hannibal, Carthage, Dido and Aeneas. The approximate successor to Carthage is Tunis, the capital.

I am favorably biased, due to my older brother’s wife. Sophie was born in Tunis. Her family was originally from Algeria, five generations ago. They were much happier and more prosperous after emigrating. Sophie told me that Tunis was a lovely city, cosmopolitan and hospitable.

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