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Algeria recollects envoy, accuses Paris of ‘interference’ after Macron slams post-colonial ‘hatred of France’ amid migrant visa row

Algeria recalls envoy, accuses Paris of ‘interference’ after Macron slams post-colonial ‘hatred of France’ amid migrant visa row

Algeria recalled its ambassador to France and accused its former colonizer of “interference,” after French President Emmanuel Macron criticized the nation’s authorities. In the meantime, a visa row has erupted between the 2 nations.

The ambassador was recalled on Saturday after French President Emmanuel Macron this week criticized the “political-military system” that emerged in Algeria after the previous colony received independence in 1962, and supposedly formented a “hatred of France” in Algerian society.

“Was there an Algerian nation earlier than French colonization?” Macron reportedly requested throughout a gathering on Thursday with descendants of Algerian battle veterans, in response to Le Monde.

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Macron’s feedback angered Algerian officers, and an announcement from President Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s workplace learn on Algerian public tv expressed “categorical rejection of the inadmissible interference in its inside affairs that these feedback represent.”

Whereas Tebboune and Macron bicker over historical past, the 2 international locations are at the moment embroiled in a extra urgent dispute over visas. The French authorities introduced on Tuesday that it will slash the variety of visas accessible to individuals from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, complaining that these international locations are usually not taking again sufficient of their unlawful immigrants despatched dwelling by French authorities.

French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned on Wednesday that the variety of visas issued for Algeria and Morocco shall be decreased by 50 p.c, whereas visas granted for Tunisian nationals shall be decreased by two thirds.

Algeria’s Ministry of International Affairs slammed what it referred to as a “unilateral resolution of the French authorities,” and summoned the French ambassador to Algiers.

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(L) Portrait non daté de l'avocat algérien Me Ali Boumendjel alors âgé de 32 ans. © AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG; (R) French troops holding back crowds in front of Government House, Algiers, during the Algerian War of Independence. © Stan Meagher / Express / Getty Images
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