A possible return of the Algerian ambassador to France, recalled earlier this month in Algiers following critical comments from President Emmanuel Macron, is “conditional on total respect for the Algerian state” of Paris, declared on Sunday (October 10). Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
Return of the Algerian Ambassador to France “Is conditional on respect for Algeria, total respect for the Algerian state. We forget that it was once a French colony (…) History must not be falsified, Abdelmadjid Tebboune told Algerian media in his first public statement in response to the French president’s comments.
“The state stands with all its pillars, with its power, its army and its brave people,” continued President Tebboune, also the top commander of the armed forces and defense minister. He also stressed about Algerian history and French colonization, that “we can not act as if nothing had happened”. “For the rest, it’s about their internal affairs,” he also said in a hint at possible election targets with the French president’s critical comments.
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Controversial comments by French President Emmanuel Macron angered Algiers following remarks reported on Saturday, October 2, by the French newspaper Le Monde, which accused the Algerian “political-military” system of maintaining a “memorial rent” by serving its people as a ” official “history” that “is not based on truths”.
According to Le Monde, the French president also confirmed that “the construction of Algeria as a nation is a phenomenon to watch. Was it an Algerian nation before French colonization? That is the question (…) “, one of the passages that affected Algeria’s opinion the most.
On October 2, Algiers decided to “immediately” recall the ambassador to Paris and de facto banned French military aircraft from the Barkhane anti-jihadist operation in the Sahel from flying over its territory. This Tuesday, President Macron said he wanted “calm” on the subject of memory between France and Algeria, which calls for “going together” and “recognizing all memories”.
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