Diplomacy. Emmanuel Macron will visit Algeria from August 25 to 27 to relaunch the relationship with France

A move to turn the page on a series of misunderstandings and tensions. Emmanuel Macron will visit Algeria from August 25 to 27, the Elysée announced on Saturday. “This trip will contribute to deepening the bilateral relationship looking towards the future (..) to strengthen Franco-Algerian cooperation in the face of regional issues and to continue the work of healing memories”, declared the French presidency.

The French president and his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune discussed this visit during a telephone conversation on Saturday. Emmanuel Macron thanked his interlocutor for his “invitation to visit Algeria”. He also presented “his condolences to President Tebboune, to all the Algerian people and to the families and loved ones of the victims of the terrible fires of the last few days”. The gigantic fires that ravaged northern Algeria on Wednesday and Thursday killed 37 people, according to an official report. Those fires were nearly all extinguished on Saturday, firefighters said.

Calm tensions down

Emmanuel Macron will therefore make his second trip as president to Algeria on Thursday to Saturday, after a visit of around twelve hours in December 2017 at the start of his first five-year term. He will travel to Algiers and Oran, said the Elysée. This trip comes at the end of a sequence loaded with symbols with the 60th anniversary of the Evian Accords (March 18, 1962), which put an end to more than seven years of war between Algerian insurgents and the French army, and the independence of Algeria (July 5, 1962) after 132 years of French colonization.

This visit, intended to relaunch the partnership between the two countries, comes after several months of crisis. The bilateral relationship appeared to have bottomed out in October 2021 when President Macron claimed that Algeria had been built after independence on “a memorial pension”, maintained by “the politico-military system”, which had aroused the ire of Algiers. LHowever, relations have gradually warmed these last months. Emmanuel Macron recently acknowledged the “inexcusable crimes” perpetrated against Algerian demonstrators on October 16, 1961 in Paris. Then the rue d’Isly massacreon March 26, 1962 in Algiers, where the French army fired on pied-noirs.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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