They recently wrote to each other, they will see each other soon. According to a diplomatic source, Emmanuel Macron will travel to Algiers on August 25 for a one-day visit. “Mr. President and my dear friend, I have the immense pleasure, on this July 5, 2022 when Algeria is celebrating its 60th anniversary of independence, to address you, on behalf of France and in my own name, to you, Algeria and its people, a message of friendship and solidarity, accompanied by the most sincere congratulations to your country […]. In response to your invitation, I will be happy to come to Algeria soon to jointly launch this new bilateral agenda, built on trust and mutual respect. of our sovereignties,” the French president wrote to his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
The latter had sent an invitation to the French head of state on April 25, on the occasion of his re-election to the presidency, evoking a “personal relationship marked by trust and friendship” between the two men.
France-Algeria: Macron pleads with Tebboune for “the appeasement of the memories of colonization”
Emmanuel Macron had qualified colonization, during his campaign in 2017, as a “crime against humanity” and launched, once elected, joint work on memory between the former colonial power and Algeria.
The crisis of 2021
The French president has, throughout his first mandate, made several gestures of recognition of the crimes committed during the Algerian war, such as the assassination, on March 23, 1957, of Ali Boumendjel, lawyer and political leader of the nationalist movement Algerian, by the French army, or the murder of Maurice Audin, a communist and anti-colonialist mathematician assassinated by French army paratroopers in 1957.
At the same time, the French historian Benjamin Stora, recently received in Algiers by the Algerian president, submitted, in January 2021, a report recommending a series of new initiatives that the authorities in Paris could take to implement “a memorial reconciliation”. .
Algeria: Abdelmadjid Chikhi, an intransigent against Benjamin Stora
But these French initiatives were not followed up in Algiers. Benjamin Stora’s alter ego, the Algerian historian Abdelmajd Chikhi, has still not submitted his report. Statements in April 2021 from the Minister Algerian du Travail El Hachemi Djaâboub, describing France as a “traditional and eternal enemy” provoked the anger of the French president, and opened a multidimensional crisis between the two countries.
In September of the same year, Emmanuel Macron accused the Algerian “politico-military” system of maintaining a “memorial rent” through an “official history” which “is not based on truths”. A few days earlier, the government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, announced a drastic reduction in the number of visas granted to Maghreb countries because of their refusal to collect their nationals subject to an Obligation to leave French territory (OQTF). Anger of Algiers, which immediately recalls its ambassador to Paris on October 2 and prohibits French military aircraft engaged in the Sahel from flying over Algerian territory.
Maghreb-France: the visas of discord
Cahin-caha, the two presidents, who maintain cordial personal relations, will renew contact. The visit of former Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Algiers in December 2021 led to the return to Paris of Algerian Ambassador Antar Daoud in January 2022. When he came to Algiers on July 5, Benjamin Stora was instructed by the Élysée to deliver a message to President Tebboune. On July 12, a new Algerian ambassador, Said Moussi, was appointed to Paris. This is the second time that Emmanuel Macron has visited Algeria as that President.