The Berber language however is still spoken in places in Tunisia, primarily in remote mountain and Saharan areas.
There is a small European population, mainly French and Italians, and Jewish population as well.
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Tourism in the country is well developed and people welcoming, even in smaller towns and villages who see less visitors.
Of course the beautiful, usually sandy, coastline is a major attraction but the interior of the country going down to the edges of the Sahara and the across to the Atlas mountains should also be explored by those with a sense of adventure and there is enough to keep history buffs transfixed for weeks.
Tunisia remained independent until France came on to the scene at first controlling the nation unofficially through a series of treaties and the moving in of forces, initially to put down uprisings.
During the Second World War though the Tunisians sided with the Allies even after much of France had fallen to Germany and they ceased to be in control.
Ben Ali’s rule was generally considered to be that of a dictator using sham elections to give himself legitimacy and using violence and intimidation to keep down protests.
Incursions by the Berbers weakened the North African part of the Roman Empire though and Vandals took control.
Later Justinian sent his Byzantine armies to recapture Tunisia from the Vandals in 553 AD and took the cities of the area back with few problems and finding the cities far from vandalised by the Vandals in fact maintained and kept in much the way the Roman Empire had left them.
Tunisia was also of course a major battleground as the Allies fought for control of North Africa against the Axis powers controlled by Rommel the Dessert Fox.
The Axis armies in Tunisia surrendered in May 1943 and the Tunisians now looked to declare full independence from France as the war came to a close, it was 1957 though that Tunisia would officially become a independent republic.
Transcending cultural differences and customs is just a small step to achieve that.