To this rule Tunisia presents an exception, Tunisians retaining their nationality and laws.
A branch line (8 m.) connected Beja with this railway, and another (11 m.) ran from Tunis to Hamman-elEnf, a favourite seaside resort of the Tunisians.
Seven of the departments of state have Frenchmen at their head, the other two, Tunisians: thus the larger proportion of the Bey's ministers are French.
At the same time Turkey maintained the claim that Tunisians were Ottoman subjects.
In 1798 it was attacked by the Tunisians and 933 inhabitants taken away as slaves.