Abdelaziz Bouteflika

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


Mathilde Panot, a senior Member of Parliament for France's radical left opposition party La France Insoumise (LFI) ('France Unbowed'), travelled to Algeria to show her solidarity for the people taking part in the 'Hirak' or popular movement against the regime there. But after two days she and her delegation were arrested and taken to the capital Algiers where she was effectively placed under house arrest in an hotel. After an intervention by France's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mathilde Panot was eventually put on a plane back to France. Mediapart's Rachida El Azzouzi, Pauline Graulle and Khedidja Zerouali report on events which highlight the continuing repression of opposition voices in Algeria.

'Algeria doesn't allow its youth to look to the future'

International — Interview

Franco-Algerian economist El Mouhoub Mouhoud has talked to Mediapart about the economic and social origins of the current Algerian revolt. He criticises the inertia of the regime under President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, which has put off structural reform and driven the country into an economic and social dead end. Rachida El Azzouzi reports.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika 'back in French hospital'

International — Link

Algerian and French media reported that Bouteflika, who was last year treated for a stroke in France, returned for care on Tuesday.

Algeria's Bouteflika flies home after 'checkup' in France

International — Link

Ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Saturday left a Grenoble clinic where he was admitted Thursday, officially for 'a checkup'.

Algerian president treated in Paris after stroke

International — Link

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 76, is said to be 'responding well' after transfer to Val-de-Grâce military hospital in Paris on Saturday.