France has revealed that it had authorised exports of security equipment to Tunisia weeks before authoritarian ruler was ousted, but said the shipments were later cancelled.
Paris on Friday advised its citizens in Bahrein, Yemen and Libya to stay away from demonstrations for their own security.
A teacher at the Lycée français in Cairo has been suspended and summoned back to France for joining the protests against President Hosni Mubarak with a placard saying “Casse-toi, pauvre con!”.
The phrase – an impolite invitation to go away – was notoriously used by President Nicolas Sarkozy when a member of the public heckled him at the annual Paris agricultural show in 2008 and has been used as a slogan by his opponents in France.
The teacher, who is married to an Egyptian, is to be given work when he returns to France.