Algeria demands France's 'total respect': President

AFP , Sunday 10 Oct 2021

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Sunday demanded France's "total respect", following a row over visas and critical comments from Paris about the North African country.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune greets attendees during a press conference in the capital Algiers. - Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on October 10, 2021. AFP

The return of the Algerian ambassador to France is conditional on the "total respect for the Algerian state," Tebboune told local media.

"We forget that it (Algeria) was once a French colony... History should not be falsified," added the president, whose country last weekend recalled its ambassador from Paris and banned French military planes from its airspace amid the tensions with Paris.

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