A replica of the Hermione, the 18th century ship that brought French General Lafayette to America, sailed the waters off New York on Saturday, leading a flotilla marking the Independence Day holiday. The faithful reproduction of the majestic French frigate glided past New York's famed Verrazano bridge, where it was joined by scores of other boats and ships. The flotilla then made its way toward Liberty Island in New York Harbor past a symbol of the two nations' enduring friendship -- the towering Statue of Liberty, a gift to the US from France in 1884.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by the Islamic State group in which 38 foreign tourists were killed. The North African state, which has seen an exodus of tourists, has admitted that its security services were unprepared for the seaside attack in Port El Kantaoui and that police were too slow to respond. "The president has declared a state of emergency in Tunisia" and was to address the nation, Essebsi's office said, adding that it would be implemented for a renewable 30-day period.