The French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced on Sunday December 18 a return "
to a normal consular relationship
" with Algeria since last "
", that is to say concerning the granting of visas by the France to nationals of that country.
Gérald Darmanin, who was traveling in Algeria, tweeted his statement after his interview with his Algerian counterpart.
Since the Covid-19 crisis, France had drastically reduced the number of visas granted to Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, conditioning them on efforts by these countries to accept their nationals expelled from France.
This normalization of the granting of visas to Algerian nationals comes after that with Tunisia at the end of August and that with Morocco announced this Friday by the head of French diplomacy Catherine Colonna.
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Last fall, France decided to restrict the issuance of visas in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, in order to encourage these countries to make efforts in terms of cooperation and the fight against illegal immigration.
The refusal rate had reached 30% for Tunisia, and 50% for Morocco and Algeria.