Hollande quip about Algeria sparks diplomatic row

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French president offered his 'sincere regrets' for causing any offence over a joke that his interior minister had survived a trip to Algeria this month.

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President François Hollande has sparked a diplomatic spat with Algeria after he joked in a speech to French Jewish leaders that his interior minister had made it back home from a trip this month to the north African state “safe and well, which is saying a lot", reports The Telegraph.