French President Francois Hollande has vowed to stand by Tunisia during its post-revolutionary period.
Hollande met with President Moncef Marzouki in Paris as part of a three-day visit by the Tunisian leader aimed at rebuilding links between Paris and Tunis.
Marzouki made it clear that Tunisia is determined to recover all assets allegedly embezzled by ousted leader Ben Ali, currently in exile in Saudi Arabia.
The French agreed to use its international influence to help reclaim those held outside France.
Marzouki is due to address the National Assembly on Wednesday, the first foreign leader to do so since 2006.
Both countries are keen to re-establish strong economic and diplomatic ties as Tunisia emerges from its recent public revolt against the strongarm rule of Ben Ali.