Crackdown on dissident voices in Algeria continues as regime arrests French MP

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Mathilde Panot, a senior Member of Parliament for France's radical left opposition party La France Insoumise (LFI) ('France Unbowed'), was arrested in Algeria and later expelled after meeting protestors opposed to the current regime in the North African country. Manot, who is vice-president of the LFI's Parliamentary group, and her delegation were arrested on October 1st, less than two days after her arrival at Bejaïa in the north of the country. She and her team were then taken to the capital Algiers and effectively placed under house arrest in an hotel by the Algerian authorities.