Today, Sunday, Algeria again expressed its anger at the “irresponsible statements” made by French President Emmanuel Macron, and decided to ban the crossing of French military aircraft bound for the Sahel and Sahara region in its airspace, the day after it summoned its ambassador to France.
Statements attributed to the French president in the French newspaper Le Monde “Saturday”, which were published by Algerian media, and were not denied by the French presidency, angered Algeria.
In his statements, Macron considered that Algeria, after its independence in 1962, was built on a “legacy from the past” preserved by the “political-military system”.
“When presenting plans for two flights this morning, we learned that the Algerians will close the airspace over their territory to French military planes,” said Colonel Pascal Ianni, a spokesman for the French General Staff. Barkhane.
Iani confirmed this information that had been published by “Le Figaro” newspaper.
The spokesman explained that the General Staff had not received any official notification of this decision.
Iani stressed the limited impact of this step on the flow of support, noting that “the planes will have to adjust their flight plans,” stressing that this “will not affect the operations or intelligence missions” carried out by France in the Sahel region.
The spokesman also stressed that the French reconnaissance flights in the Sahel region, which are usually carried out by Reaper drones, would not be affected, since these planes depart from Niamey in Niger and do not fly over Algeria.
The ban on the flights of French military aircraft over Algeria comes at a very sensitive stage for the French General Staff, which for weeks has been reorganizing its forces in the Sahel and Sahara region, especially in northern Mali on the border with Algeria.
France intends to evacuate military bases in the far north of Mali, while intending to reduce the number of its forces in the Sahel region by 2023 from five thousand currently to 2500 or three thousand elements.
Finally, French-Algerian relations witnessed great tension with the approach of the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the Algerian war and the independence of the country.
According to Le Monde newspaper, Macron’s statements came during a meeting he held “Thursday” with young people who are descendants of people who participated in Algeria’s war of independence (1954-1962). The French president considered that Algeria, after its independence in 1962, was built on a “legacy from the past” preserved by the “political-military system”.
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