the essential Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune calls on France “to respect Algeria, total respect for the Algerian state” after Emmanuel Macron’s critical remarks at the beginning of October.
The return of the Algerian ambassador to France “is conditioned 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 reaction to the French president’s remarks. “The State is standing with all its pillars, with its power, the power of its army and its valiant people,” continued President Tebboune, also supreme chief of the armed forces and Minister of Defense.
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He also underlined about Algerian history and French colonization, that “we cannot act as if nothing had happened”. For “the rest, it is their internal affairs”, he also said in an allusion to possible electoral aims of the critical remarks of Emmanuel Macron.
Emmanuel Macron had sparked the anger of Algiers after remarks reported Saturday, October 2 by the newspaper Le Monde accusing the “politico-military” system Algerian to maintain a “memorial rent” by serving his people an “official history” which “is not based on truths”. 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 that most shocked Algerian opinion.
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On the day of October 2, Algiers decided to recall its ambassador to Paris “immediately” and de facto prohibited 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”.