Algerian President Abdelmayid Tebune has assured that the return of his ambassador to France will require “total respect” from Paris and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Tebune, speaking for the first time since tensions between the two countries increased, called for “complete respect for the Algerian state” and said Macron must “forget that Algeria was a French colony”.
“It is a permanent state with its army, its economy and its people (…) History cannot be falsified,” criticized the President in an interview for the state television that collects the newspaper ‘Tout sur l’Algerie’.
At a meeting with the descendants of prominent figures from the Algerian War of Independence in late September, Macron described Algeria as a “politico-military system” based on “historical income” and a “rewritten official history”, which sparked the outrage of the African country’s authorities.
“These statements are an intolerable attack on the memory of the 5,630,000 brave martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the heroic resistance to the French colonial invasion,” the Algerian presidency replied in the statement.
In addition, from Algiers they announced the call for consultations with their ambassador in Paris and the closure of their airspace to French military flights.
In the face of this, Macron called for tensions to be “appeased” because “it is better to talk, to move forward,” although he did not downplay the “disagreements”.
The escalation of tensions coincides with the French announcement to drastically reduce the number of visas for citizens of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, as these countries do not cooperate in the deportation process.