The whereabouts of all family members was unclear. France, which ruled Tunisia as a protectorate until it won independence in 1956, said some Ben Ali relatives were in France but they were "not welcome" to stay. Media reports had them at a hotel near the Disneyland Paris resort. French government spokesman Francois Baroin also said France had taken "the necessary steps" to block any suspicious movement of Tunisian assets linked to Ben Ali and his entourage that might be squirreled away in France.
Mohamed Ben Kilani, the pilot of a scheduled Tunis Air flight to Lyon, France, became an instant hero at home after he refused to take off Friday with five members of the Trabelsi family on board, airline officials say. "It was a courageous act that merits being highlighted," Ali Miaoui, director of Tunis Air's French division, told AP Television News.
In Images: A man walks in the looted house of Mouez Trabelsi, in Marsa 20 kms north of Tunis, on Sunday, January 16, 2011.