Algeria, October 3 (BNA) Algeria accused its former colonizer France of committing “genocide” and announced the recall of its ambassador from Paris, angry at what it described as “unacceptable” comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron.
The sharp escalation in tensions also comes after a French decision to reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa – including Algeria – because governments there refuse to take back migrants expelled from France.
The immediate recall of Algeria’s ambassador from France was announced for “consultation” Saturday night in a statement by the Algerian presidency, The Associated Press reported.
The statement said the recall was prompted by recent comments about Algeria attributed to Macron. The Algerian presidency said the comments amounted to “unacceptable interference” in Algerian affairs.
French media reported that Macron made recent statements about the regime in post-colonial Algeria and his positions on France.