Highs between 38 and 42°C

Tunis: The weather Saturday is partly cloudy in the north and a bit cloudy elsewhere, getting gradually very cloudy in the afternoon in western regions of the north and midland with storm cells and scattered rains, locally over eastern regions. The wind is blowing relatively strong near coasts, light to moderate inland. The sea is a bit choppy to choppy in the Gulf of Gabes and choppy to locally very choppy elsewhere. Temperatures are up with highs ranging generally between 38°C and 42°C with local sirocco wind blows at the exception of the north-west, Cap Bon and south-east coasts where highs are ranging between 28°C and 34°C. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Sales of Tunisian destination in France on upward trend (SETO)

Tunis: "Sales of the Tunisian destination in France have shown a noticeable upward trend during this period. We are expecting positive figures this year," said President of the Syndicat des entreprises du tour-opérating (SETO) René-Marc Chikli, during a VTC meeting with Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts Mohamed Moez Belhassine. The number of French tourists who visited Tunisia between January 1 and June 10 was up by 9.5% in 2024 compared to the same period in 2023, and by 24% compared with 2019. For the whole of 2023, Tunisia welcomed 1.16 million French tourists, according to statistics provided by the General Directorate of Borders and Foreigners (Ministry of the Interior). The minister also had a VTC talk with President of the German Travel Association (DRV) Norbert Fiebig, according to a Tourism Department press release on Friday evening. The German official said he was "optimistic" about achieving "good" results in 2024, notably during the summer period. "Tunisia enjoys an exceptional position with German tour operators and travel agencies. It is one of Germany's favourite destinations," he stated. Up to June 10, the number of German tourists had risen by 9.8% compared with the same period in 2023, and by 7.4% compared with 2019. For the whole of last year, 303,000 entries by German tourists were recorded (Interior Ministry statistics). During these meetings, Belhassine called on the French and German sides to further promote Tunisia as a destination and to collaborate with Tunisian tourism professionals, pointing out that this year his department has started implementing a programme aimed at improving the "tourist experience" of foreign visitors to Tunisia and developing the services on offer. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Bpifrance launches Maghreb Fund to support internationalisation of French companies in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia

Tunis: The French public investment bank "Bpifrance" on June 13 launched the Maghreb Fund to support the internationalisation of French companies in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia In partnership with the interministerial delegation to the Mediterranean, Bpifrance is launching the 'Maghreb Fund' to strengthen the internationalization of French companies towards Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. This system was officially launched on June 12, 2024 by the President of the Republic as part of the first edition of the Ancrages Forum, dedicated to entrepreneurship and creation between the territories of France and the African continent. Operated by Bpifrance, the Maghreb Fund will deploy different investment, financing, guarantee and support solutions up to pound 100 million between 2024 and 2027, particularly in the sectors of industry, energy, agriculture and pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with partners from the Maghreb. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

B2B meetings with Dutch company, June 24-25 in Tunis (CEPEX)

Tunis: The Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) is organising B2B meetings for the benefit of a Dutch company in Tunis on June 24-25, 2024. The event will target professionals working in the agricultural and agri-food sectors (notably dates, fresh fruit, canned food and biscuits). To take part in these meetings, Tunisian companies can submit their applications to the following e-mail address: fbechikh@tunisiaexport.tn, no later than June 20, 2024. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Medenine-CTN: Tunisian expats’ return season begins

MEDENNE: The Carthage ferry arrived at the port of Zarzis (Medenine governorate) at 8am on Saturday. It came from the port of Marseille with 839 passengers and 427 vehicles on board. Director of the port of Zarzis, Anis Zaned, pointed out that "this first voyage marks the start of the sea crossings planned by the Tunisian Shipping Company (CTN) to ensure the return of Tunisians living abroad". Nine crossings are planned, six return crossings between Marseille and Zarzis and three one-way crossings. The crossings to the port of Zarzis are set for July 8 and 23, August 8 and September 16, in addition to a crossing from the port of Genoa (Italy), on August 23. The three departures are scheduled for August 8 and 26 and September 16. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia’s Volleyball Championship (Women’s) : CF Carthage crowned for 11th time

Tunis: Club Féminin de Carthage have kept the title of Tunisian volleyball champion (women) for the 5th season in a row, following their victory over CS Sfaxien 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-16), on Friday, on the final day of the Super Play-off of the National division. This is the 11th title won by the Carthaginians, who had already been crowned champions in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023. CF Carthage finished top of the standings with 16 points, ahead of CS Sfaxien, while Esperance de Tunis finished third ahead of Club Africain. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

WTA 250 Rothesay Open Nottingham: Ons Jabeur crashes out in quarter-finals

TUNIS: World's 10th, Tunisia's Ons Jabeur has been eliminated from the quarter-finals of the WTA 250 Rothesay Open Nottingham after losing to Czech Karolina Pliskova (50th) in three sets (6-7, 7-6, 5-7). The match, which started in the early afternoon, was temporarily suspended due to bad weather. Jabeur had qualified for the quarter-finals after a win over Czech Linda Fruhvirtová (139th) in the round of 16 (6-2, 6-1). Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Soccer Ligue 1 – Championship phase – day 9: CS Sfaxien defeat Etoile du Sahel 2-1

TUNIS: Club Sportif Sfaxien defeated Etoile Sportive du Sahel 2-1 at a Tunisia's soccer Ligue 1 Championship phase day-9 game played on Saturday afternoon in Sousse. The home side opened the scoring in the 9th minute through Hamza Jelassi's penalty, before Sfaxien equalised through Baraket Hmidi in the 18th minute. Youssef Becha then doubled the lead and scored the winner in the 21st minute. The referee sent off CSS' Guinean Fodé Camara in the 36th minute. CS Sfaxien moved up to third on 12 points, level with Stade Tunisien, while Etoile du Sahel remain second from bottom in fifth place with nine points. Results and fixture Played Saturday, June 15 Sousse: ES Sahel 1 Hamza Jelassi 9' pen. CS Sfaxien 2 Barakat Hmidi 18', Youssef Becha 21' Played Friday, June 14 Bardo: S. Tunisien 1 Wael Ouerghemi 57' C.Africain 1 Ghaith Seghaier 16' Playing now Rades (behind closed doors): Esperance ST US Monastir Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Soccer Ligue 1 – Esperance ST win 33rd championship title

Tunis: Esperance Sportive de Tunis won their 33rd championship title one day before the end of the Championship phase, after defeating US Monastir 2-0 at a day-9 game played on Saturday evening in Rades behind closed doors. Rodrigo Rodriguez scored the two goals in the 21st and 66th minutes. With this sixth win and third in a row in the championship phase, Esperance took their tally to 23 points, a full eight points ahead of US Monastir with one day to go. US Monastir are still in need of a point at the final day against Stade Tunisien to secure participation in next season's CAF Champions' League. Results Played Saturday, June 15 Rades (behind closed doors): Esperance ST 2 Rodrigo Rodrigues 21' and 66' US Monastir 0 Sousse: ES Sahel 1 Hamza Jelassi 9' pen. CS Sfaxien 2 Barakat Hmidi 18', Youssef Becha 21' Played Friday, June 14 Bardo: S. Tunisien 1 Wael Ouerghemi 57' C. Africain 1 Ghaith Seghaier 16' Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse