Relations between Algeria and Paris are experiencing tension after statements by President Emmanuel Macron questioning the existence of an Algerian nation before French colonialism.
6/11/2021–|Last update: 6/11/202107:21 PM (Mecca)
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune confirmed that he would not take the “first step” to try to reduce tension with France, after President Emmanuel Macron’s statements in which he criticized the Algerian “nation”.
In an interview with the German magazine “Der Spiegel” published today, Saturday, Tebboune said, “I have no regrets; Macron reopened an old conflict in an unhelpful way.”
“If (far right-wing extremist Eric) Zemmour says something like that, it doesn’t matter, nobody pays attention. But when a head of state declares that Algeria is not a nation in its own right, it is very dangerous.”
He added that in these circumstances, “I will not take the first step, or I will lose all Algerians. This has nothing to do with me, but with the whole nation,” and said, “No Algerian citizen will accept that I communicate with those who insulted us.”
French-Algerian relations are witnessing tension after statements by President Emmanuel Macron, which were reported by the French newspaper “Le Monde” last October, in which he saw that Algeria was built after its independence in 1962 on a “memory proceeds” devoted by the “political-military regime”. He questioned the existence of an Algerian nation before French colonialism.
The Algerian president said, “There is no prejudice to the history of the people, nor to the insults of the Algerians.”
Tebboune believes that Macron “stood in the side of those who justify colonialism,” and pointed out that Algeria and France are no longer “compelled to cooperate with each other,” accusing Macron of “harming the dignity of the Algerians.”
The Algerian president indicated that if the French now want to go to Mali or Niger, they must travel by air for 9 hours instead of 4 hours.
Algeria summoned its ambassador to France for consultations early last month, and banned the passage of French military aircraft through its airspace, after expressing its anger over Macron’s statements.