Relief but few illusions.
The telephone conversation between Emmanuel Macron and his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, on Friday March 24, resolved a crisis that had become untenable for Paris as for Algiers.
The bilateral relationship had been at a stage of virtual rupture since the crisis caused in early February by the repatriation to France of the Franco-Algerian activist Amira Bouraoui, who entered Tunisia irregularly from Algeria.
Algiers had judged that his departure for France constituted an
" carried out with the help of members of the French diplomatic and security personnel and had recalled its ambassador to Paris for consultation.
In a month and a half, the situation had had time to rot, Algiers no longer issuing any consular pass to take back its nationals in an illegal situation, nor visas for French people having to go to Algeria for cooperation projects, nor even visas for relatives of agents…
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