Tunisians discover secret archive in Paris

Homeless migrants sheltering in former Tunisian government building discover thousands of documents from ousted regime – Published on AlJazeera, by Yasmine Ryan, June 27, 2011.

… One particular group of recent migrants turned to what they thought would be a legitimate sleeping place. On May 31, around 30 Tunisians took up camp in an abandoned building that had been officially known as the Tunisian Cultural Centre.

They quickly discovered that the site at 36, rue Botzaris, in a northeastern neighbourhood of Paris, had in fact belonged to Ben Ali’s now disbanded political party, the Rally for Constitutional Democracy (RCD).

They had stumbled across thousands of pages of archives from the former ruling party. 

The migrants found two rooms filled with photos, correspondence, financial records, lists of RCD members in France, information on Tunisian dissidents, along with files on French political figures and journalists, sources told Al Jazeera.

The documents, activists promise, could contain many explosive scandals, particularly when it comes to French politicians.

Gargouri told Al Jazeera that a committee has been created to decide on what should be done with the documents, which are drawing considerable interest from media. For now, their contents remain a mystery … (full long text).

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