Macron heads to Algeria to relaunch ties

PARIS, 22 August 2022, (TON): The French presidency said “French President Emmanuel Macron will visit former colony Algeria next week in a bid to improve strained ties between Paris and Algiers.”

French-Algerian ties hit a low late last year after Macron reportedly questioned whether Algeria had existed as a nation before the French invasion and accused its political-military system of rewriting history and fomenting hatred towards France.

Algeria withdrew its ambassador in response, but the two sides appear to have mended ties since.

The presidency said in a statement “this trip will contribute to deepening the bilateral relationship looking to the future to reinforce Franco-Algerian cooperation in the face of regional challenges and to continue the work of addressing the past.”

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