Algeria: Algerian President demands from Paris “total respect for the Algerian state”

The tone is firm. In a statement to the media, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune demanded that Paris “total respect for the Algerian state”, Sunday October 10. “History cannot be falsified”, he added for the benefit of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, who sparked the anger of Algiers after remarks, reported Saturday, October 2 by the French newspaper The world.

The President of the Republic had accused the system “politico-military” Algerian to maintain a “memorial rent” by serving his people a “official story” who “does not rely on truths”. In reaction, Algiers had decided to recall “immediate” of its ambassador in Paris, Mohamed Antar-Daoud, and, as another retaliatory measure, had banned, in the process, the overflight of its territory to the French military planes of the anti-jihadist operation Barkhane in the Sahel. The return of the Algerian ambassador “is conditioned on respect for Algeria, total respect for the Algerian state”, said the Algerian head of state.

Asked if the closure of airspace to military aircraft is “definitive“, Abdelmajid Tebboune explained that “in diplomatic relations, there is nothing irreversible”. Corn “currently we are attacked in our flesh, our history, in our martyrs, we defend ourselves as best we can”, he said.

According to The world, the French president also affirmed that “The construction of Algeria as a nation is a phenomenon to watch. Was there an Algerian nation before French colonization? That is the question”. One of the passages that most shocked Algerian public opinion.

In an allusion to possible aims “electoralists” of these very critical remarks, the Algerian president declared that they were “of their internal affairs”, adding that “France must forget that Algeria was once a French colony”. Abdelmajib Tebboune also recalled that Algiers does not claim “no repentance” but one “acknowledgement” crimes perpetrated in 130 years of French colonization. “Algeria is 5.630 million” victims, he said, stressing that “history does not work according to whims and circumstances”.

On Tuesday, President Macron assured that he wanted a “appeasement” on the memorial subject between France and Algeria, calling for “walk together” and to “recognize all memories”.

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