Algeria has its ambassador in France recalled for consultations as diplomatic tensions mount over comments by Emmanuel Macron that the former French colony was ruled by a “political military” system”.
Algeria recalls its ambassador [Mohamed Antar-Daoud] from Paris for consultations,” state television said, citing a statement from the presidency.
It said a longer statement would follow to explain move.
Le Monde on On Saturday, the French president quoted Algeria as saying a “official history’ which has been ‘totally rewritten’.
He said this history was “not based” on truths” but “on a discourse of hatred towards France,” said Le Monde.
“Was there an Algerian nation before French colonization?” Macron reportedly asked.
macron also spoke out on current Algerian politics. His counterpart, Abdelmajid Tebboune, was ‘imprisoned’ in An system which is very heavy,” said the French president.
“You see that the Algerian system is tired, it is weakened by the Hirak,” he said added, referring to the pro-democracy movement die Tebboune’s predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika forced power in 2019 after two decades at the helm.
The comments, picked a lot up by Algerian media, came in a meeting earlier this week between Macron and family members of figures of Algeria’s War of independence.
It is the second time Algeria recalled an ambassador from France.
Algiers also called his ambassador back in May 2020 after French media broadcast a documentary over the Hirak.
Saturday move comes amid tension over a French decision too sharp reduce the number of Visa die it on burgers grants of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
France said the decision, what it announced on Tuesday, had been made needed by the former colonies’ failure do enough to allow illegal migrants to return.
The Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs cried the French ambassador, François Gouyette, on Wednesday and handed him a “formal protest” note met regarding the visa regime.
It called the visa reduction an “unfortunate act” die: caused “confusion and ambiguity over its motivation and its scope”.
Morocco is foreign minister, Nasser Bourita, has the French move as “wrong”.
The Tunisian President, Kais Saied, expressed disappointment with the decision in a phone call with Macron Saturday, his office said, adding that the French leader had said it could be revised.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal told Europe 1 radio on Tuesday that the visa discount decision was “unprecedented”.
Paris made die choice, he said, because Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia “refuse to back nationals who we do not want of can’t hold in France”.
The radio said Macron took the decision a month ago after failed diplomatic efforts with the three North African countries.
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