In the evening of 31 October, demonstrators tried to prevent the high-profile French intellectual, Bernard-Henri Lévy (BHL) - promoter of wars in Europe and the Middle East - from entering Tunisia. The man is considered by the French press as "a great humanist and intellectual," and is even presented as a "philosopher."
"BHL get lost!" and "No to Zionist interests in Tunisia!" were the most chanted slogans at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport, after the news of Bernard-Henri Lévy’s visit went viral on the social media.
Mr. Abdelaziz Essid, a Franco-Tunisian lawyer, announced on ShemsFM his intention to call on the State Prosecutor to determine who had invited the lobbyist. Mr. Essid considers that HBL’s visit is a "threat to national security" because of his "opinions against the interests of the Arab peoples."
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Mokhtar Chaouachi declined to make any comment despite being asked by Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Heir to Becob, a company involved in the exploitation of precious woods in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Gabon, Bernard-Heni Lévy has unfailingly supported all the US-driven agendas since 1975, first against the pro-Soviet regimes, then as an advocate of color revolutions.
He gained notoriety by publishing several books establishing an equivalence between Nazism and Communism (Barbarism With a Human Face), equating every ideal to a religion (The Testament of God), postulating that French thought is essentially fascist (French Ideology), or propagandizing for the United States, including Guantánamo (American Vertigo).
Politically, he became in 1992 media adviser to the president of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegović, while Richard Perle was his political adviser and Osama bin Laden his military advisor. In 1994, he launched the "Europe begins in Sarajevo" list for the European elections in France, which despite a strong media push, only got less than 1% of the votes. In 2002, Prime Minister Lionel Jospin entrusted him with a mission for the cultural reconstruction of a free Afghanistan. In 2011, he appeared alongside the Muslim Brotherhood and members of Al Qaeda, as though playing a decisive, albeit informal, role in France’s engagement against the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. In 2013, he participated in the Kiev demonstrations shoulder to shoulder with neo-Nazis from Svoboda and the right sector, which ultimately led to the overthrow of President Yanukovych.