French President Visits Algeria

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French President, Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Algeria is expected to repair fractured relations with a nation whose oil and gas reserves have new strategic significance.

Macron’s visit comes after a long period of tension over conflicting memories of Algeria’s bloody war of independence.

Algeria recalled its ambassador to Paris late last year over it, and both countries have since signaled their desire for a reset.

Diplomatic tensions frayed last October when he accused the politico-military system in power in Algiers of cashing in on memories of the war to justify its existence.

Written by: Helen Obih

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