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Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march after Bardo attack

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 00:50

French President Francois Hollande joins a red-and-white sea of Tunisian crescent and star flags in Tunis, as thousands rally under the slogan ''Le Monde est Bardo.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: World leaders, including French President Francois Hollande, joined tens of thousands of Tunisians on Sunday, to march in solidarity against Islamist militants, a day after security forces killed members of a group blamed for a deadly museum attack. The March 18 attack on the Bardo national museum in Tunis killed 21 foreign tourists and a policeman, shaking a country that has been praised as a peaceful democratic model since leading the first of the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. Thousands of police and soldiers had been positioned around the capital since early morning. One of the most secular countries in the Arab world, Tunisia has mostly avoided violence in the four years since the toppling of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. In contrast with Libya, Yemen and Syria which have plunged into war and chaos, it has adopted a new constitution and held free elections. But the Bardo massacre was one of the worst attacks in its history. Japanese, Polish, Spanish and Colombian visitors were among those killed in the attack, which the government says was aimed at destroying Tunisia's vital tourism industry.

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Thousands of Tunisians, leaders march after Bardo attack

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 00:50