relations with France need a “new turn”, according to President Tebboune

“Things are starting to take a new turn” between Algeria and France, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Tuesday night February 15, during a television interview with the Algerian press. “I won’t say more. They are at the time of the election. But overall, things worked out. ”Mr. Tebboune answered a question about Algerian-French relations which have gone through a serious crisis since October.

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The last meeting between the Secretaries General of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries was “Very positive”estimated head of state of Algeria. “In the latest decision made by the President of France [Emmanuel Macron] in the Charonne metro where Algerians died due to the suppression of scoundrels [Maurice] Papon [préfet de police de Paris de l’époque], things are starting to take a new turn ”added Mr. Tebboune.

On February 8, Mr. Macron paid tribute to the victims who died at the Charonne metro station in Paris during a demonstration for peace in Algeria on February 8, 1962, which was violently suppressed by French police. No Muslim from Algeria was among the nine killed in the February 8, 1962 crackdown on Charonne metro station in a rally against the OAS (organized by the Communist Party and the CGT), unlike the demonstration on October 17, 1961 where several dozen of The pro-FLN sympathizers from the Algerian diaspora died under the beatings of the Parisian police, many of them drowned on the Seine.

“A good personal relationship”

In early February, Algerian diplomacy chief Ramtane Lamamra told French media that relations between the two countries “in the long run”. Mr. Lamamra assured that the Algerian and French presidents have “a good personal relationship”, “Friendly and Confident”.

Four months later, Mr. Macron vented his anger in Algiers following statements he was loaned to the French daily on October 2. The worldaccusing the system “military politics” Algerian to maintain a “memorial pension”. As per day, he questioned the existence of a country in Algeria before the French colonization.

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As a sign of protest, Algeria summoned its ambassador to France and banned overflight on its territory by French military planes serving in the Sahel, where the troops of the anti-jihadist operation “Barkhane” were deployed. . The ambassador returned to France on January 6.

In his interview, Mr. Tebboune also criticized Morocco “It has not stopped its propaganda against Algeria () with the support of Israel ” . “Nothing has changed. On the contrary, things have become more complicated “stated the Algerian head of state about relations with the Moroccan neighbor, continuing to exclude any mediation.

Update Feb. 16 at 8:40 pm: Contrary to the claims of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, no Muslim from Algeria was one of the nine killed in the February 8, 1962 crackdown on the Charonne metro station in a rally against the OAS (organized by the Communist Party and the CGT). ), Unlike the demonstration on October 17, 1961 when several dozen pro-FLN sympathizers from the Algerian diaspora died under the beatings of the Parisian police, many of them drowned on the Seine.

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