French president Macron calls for ‘new pact’ with Algeria in reconciliation visit

ALGIERS, 28 August 2022, (TON): President Emmanuel Macron called Friday for a new pact with Algeria and truth and recognition of the past, on day two of a visit to France’s former colony aimed at mending troubled ties.

The trip follows months of tensions between Paris and the North African country, which earlier this year marked six decades of independence following 132 years of French rule.

The three-day visit also comes as European powers scramble to replace Russian energy imports — including with supplies from Algeria, Africa’s top gas exporter, which in turn is seeking a greater regional role.

Macron had proclaimed a new page in relations, after meeting President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and announcing the creation of a joint commission of historians to examine the colonial period and the devastating eight-year war that ended it, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of lives.

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