Diplomacy. Algiers asks Paris “for total respect for the Algerian state”


A possible return of the Algerian ambassador to France, recalled at the beginning of the month in Algiers after critical remarks by President Emmanuel Macron, is “conditioned on the total respect of the Algerian state” by Paris, declared Sunday the Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

A return of the ambassador under conditions

“We forget that it was once a French colony (…) History should not be falsified,” Tebboune told Algerian media, in his first public statement in reaction to the words of the French president .

The State is standing with all its pillars, with its might, the might of its army and its valiant people

Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Algerian President

Mr. Tebboune, who is also supreme chief of the armed forces and Minister of Defense, also underlined about Algerian history and French colonization, that “one cannot act as if nothing had happened” .

“Internal affairs”

For “the rest, it is their internal affairs”, he said in an allusion to possible electoral aims of the critical remarks of Mr. Macron.

Mr. Macron sparked the wrath of Algiers after remarks reported on Saturday, October 2 by the French newspaper Le Monde accusing the Algerian “politico-military” system of maintaining a “memorial rent” by serving its people an “official history” which “is not based on truths”.

And even on “a speech which, it must be said, is based on a hatred of France”.

According to Le Monde, the French president also affirmed that “the construction of Algeria as a nation is a phenomenon to watch. Was there an Algerian nation before French colonization? That is the question (…) “- one of the passages which struck Algerian opinion the most.

Macron tries appeasement

On October 2, Algiers decided to recall “immediately” its ambassador to Paris and de facto banned French military planes from the anti-jihadist operation Barkhane in the Sahel from flying over its territory.

Last Tuesday, President Macron said he wanted “appeasement” on the memorial subject between France and Algeria, calling for “walking together” and “recognizing all memories”.


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