PARIS, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- France ordered on Thursday the closure of its 10 schools throughout Tunisia and called on its expatriates to be more vigilant after Chokri Belaid, a main opposition figure, was assassinated Wednesday.
In a statement posted on its website, the French Embassy in Tunisia said its schools to be exceptionally closed in the North African country on Friday and Saturday over worries of escalating violence following Belaid's killing.
The Foreign Ministry also recommended "a particular vigilance" and to stay away from any demonstrations mainly in sensitive places.
Chokri Belaid, secretary general of the leftist Democratic Patriots Party, was shot dead in his head and neck outside his home.
The assassination, the first in Tunis since former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in early 2011, triggered massive demonstartions across the country.