the essential Emmanuel Macron described this Sunday the former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who died on Friday at 84 years, as a “major figure” of the Contemporary Algeria and “demanding partner for France” during its twenty years in power.
His reaction is published as the burial ceremony of the former president, who had been forced to resign on April 2 2019, was held in Algiers in the presence of his successor Abdelmadjid Tebboune and d ‘other personalities. “With Abdelaziz Bouteflika passes away a major figure in the contemporary history of Algeria. His life is inseparable from it”, underlines Emmanuel Macron.
“Engaged in the struggle for the independence of his country, he then embodied the ambitious foreign policy of Algeria. Having become head of state, Abdelaziz Bouteflika was a demanding partner for France with which he wanted to enter into a relationship new “, he adds.
Emmanuel Macron had met Abdelaziz Bouteflika, then president, during the official visit he made to Algeria in December 2017.