French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday spoke in favor of easing bilateral tensions with Algeria, which has called its ambassador in Paris for consultations and has closed its airspace to French military flights in response to statements by the French President.
“My wish is for there to be appeasement because I think it is better to talk, to move forward. There is no doubt that there is disagreement, but life is made to talk about disagreements and to share them too,” he said .
“There will inevitably be other tensions, but I think my duty is to try to move this work forward because we owe it to our young people and millions of citizens,” said Macron.
In this sense, the French President emphasized in an interview with the French broadcaster France Inter that “many compatriots whose history is mixed with Algeria pretend that nothing is happening.”
Macron called Algeria last Thursday at a meeting with the descendants of prominent figures from the Algerian War of Independence as a “politico-military system” based on “historical income” and a “rewritten official history”, which drove the outrage of the African country’s authorities .
“These declarations 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,” replied the Algerian Presidency in the statement in which they called their ambassador for consultations Paris announced.
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.