VIDEO. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have deteriorated considerably over the past ten years, explains Kader Abderrahim, a researcher at Iris and a specialist in the Maghreb, to the “Obs”. Recent days have seen tensions rise even more.
France and Algeria have deep-rooted differences. For decades. Emmanuel Macron just lit the flames at the beginning of the commemoration for the 60th anniversary of independence on July 5, 1962.
According to the newspaper Le Monde, he allegedly made accusations against the system during a lunch between French President and grandsons of protagonists in the Algerian War (1954-1962), which was reported by the newspaper. “Politico-military”Algerians to Keep a “Memorial rent”Serving his people is the best way to end the conflict “Official story”Who “Does not rely on truths”.
Worse, Emmanuel Macron reminded the Algerians that Algeria had an official past after its independence in 1962. “Totally rewritten”Who is it? “Doesn’t rely on truths”, but develop “A speech based upon a hatred for France.”
Algiers responded by making a more stern tone and recalling France’s ambassador. France is now welcoming his return. “Conditional on the total respect for Algerian state”Paris, according the Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. Algeria also closed its airspace and military access to France. Why hasn’t tension been decreasing for so long? Elements of an answer with Kader Abderrahim, researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (Iris), specialist in the Maghreb and lecturer at Sciences-Po Paris, interviewed for “l’Obs”:
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Emmanuel Macron has been praising his good relations with Abdelmadjid Tebboune since the emergence of these tensions. However, this deep diplomatic crisis has hampered relations between the two countries over the past decades. In 2020, the French Head of state addressed the thorny question of common memories, a point of friction that has plagued relations between the two countries since forever.
Kader Abderrahim has a problem because he is replacing the work of historians. “He can have an opinion like everyone else. He is entitled to his opinions, but it’s not his right to tell the truth. This is a problem for his approach as it doesn’t appear in Benjamin Stora’s report. He was, however, more favorable to academic rapprochement between academics and researchers, who are both working on the subject on both sides. This question of history in common.
Paris and Algiers both appointed historians in July 2020 to work on the reconciliation memories. Benjamin Stora, a French historian, was appointed to this task. He submitted his report in January to President Macron.
Relations between France and Algeria seem to be deteriorating for the next ten years, even though the talks between them have been stalled for some time. Kader Abderrahim to analyze:
“Algeria is also isolated on the diplomatic level because of the illness of President Bouteflika, who died on September 17. His activities had stopped, and he was no longer represented in any major international forums. It did not make it easier to resume the dialogue.Continue the research at Iris.
It remains to see if relations between the countries will improve in the coming years. Kader Abderrahim believes that nothing will change before 2022’s French presidential election.