Eyeing growth, France seeks to smooth Algeria ties

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President François Hollande travels to Algeria to seek greater access to former colony's oil wealth in bid to lift France's own flagging economy.

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President François Hollande travels to Algeria on Wednesday to try to heal wounds left by a bloody war of independence half a century ago and to seek greater access to the former colony's oil wealth in an attempt to lift France's own flagging economy, reports The Chicago Tribune.

The trauma of the 1954-1962 Algerian war, in which hundreds of thousands were killed, left deep scars in both countries which continue to hamper a partnership that Paris believes could help revive the Mediterranean basin.