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Macron in a Visit to Algeria

     Wednesday, the 6th of December, the French president Emmanuel Macron organized his first official visit to Algeria since his presidency .He is arrived to the international airport of Houari Boumediene in Algiers at 10:45 PM. He is received with warm greetings by the Head of the Nation Board, Abd el Kader Bensalah, on behalf of the president Abdelaziz Bouteflika who suffers from health problems, with the company of other Algerian ministers.

   Macron has accompanied with the diplomacy chief Jean Yves Le Drian and his minister of action and public accounts Gérard Darmanin. Interviews are provided with the Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and with Abd el Kader Bensalah .A meeting is also programmed with the Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in his residence in Zeralda (Algiers).

  Large campaigns have spread on the social media advocating Algerians to refuse Macro’s visit to their country. Algeria which was once a French colony has suffered a lot from the French colonialism,  and France still refusing to acknowledge its crimes in Algeria as a crime against humanity. Thus, Algerians are demanding, first of all, an official recognition, apology and compensation for the cruelty of the French colonialism that had transcended all the limits since 1830 until 1962, before seeking the French economical interests in their own country. Eventually, the historical matter between Algeria and France are the most sensitive issues between these two countries. Emmanuel Macron asked to turn the page “tourner la page”, calling to discuss the relations between the two countries which often overwhelmed by historical disputes related to colonialism. His visit carries a letter of the president of the new generation, a letter of new relationships with Algeria, he says: “I know the history, but I am not a hostage of the past”. Actually, we wait a lot from the Macro’s visit to Algeria concerning this issue since he is the only French president who declares such attitudes toward the cruelty and crimes of the French colonialism in Algeria. 

   He said “I’m here in Algeria as a friend partner; I want to build and promote the links between the two countries in the coming years. He added “new relationship which based on the reciprocity frankness and ambition”. He is expected to discuss the economical projects partnership and seek to promote the French position in the Algerian market through trade and calling Algeria for more investments in the French projects in order to reduce the unemployment rate in the country and thus compensating and reviving the Algerian economy as a result of the decline in oil prices in the international markets. 

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