Memory, gas, visas… The major issues of Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Algeria

Jacques Serais (in Algiers), edited by Romain Rouillard
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06:58, August 25, 2022

The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, began a three-day official visit to Algeria starting this Thursday. A trip heavy with stakes for the Head of State where subjects related to memory, gas or the granting of visas to Algerian nationals will be widely discussed.

At 4 p.m. Paris time, Emmanuel Macron will land in Algiers. The Head of State begins a three-day official visit to Algeria where a busy schedule awaits him. He will first attend a ceremony of tribute to the martyrs, a monument dedicated to the memory of the separatist fighters who died during the Algerian war, before a face-to-face meeting with President Abdelmajid Tebboune, followed by a joint statement to the press. A large dinner, hosted by the Algerian president in the presence of 90 members of the French president’s delegation, including seven ministers, concludes this marathon day.

The meeting of the day between the two leaders was to last at least an hour and a half according to the official program, as long as the subjects to be discussed are numerous. But it is the issue of visas granted by France that should be at the heart of their exchanges. Paris has, in recent months, halved the number of authorizations granted to Algerian nationals. In question: the lack of cooperation from Algiers to bring back its citizens in an irregular situation in France.

The energy crisis, the other major issue

But today, Emmanuel Macron and Abdelmajid Tebboune want to “move forward”, we underline on the side of the Élysée. Another issue, and not the least: the energy crisis, a consequence of the war in Ukraine and European sanctions against Russia. Algeria is one of the world’s top ten gas producers, the country having even become Italy’s leading supplier.

If the entourage of Emmanuel Macron affirms that no contract will be signed during this trip, the presence in the delegation of the director general of Engie Catherine MacGregor owes nothing to chance. Finally, Emmanuel Macron wishes, according to his entourage, to continue the work of appeasement of memories during this visit.


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