Algeria

Macron, Algeria and his vision of the role of the media

Élysée — Analysis

Le Monde newspaper recently depublished an opinion article about Algeria that had attracted the ire of President Emmanuel Macron. As Mediapart's Joseph Confavreux says in this analysis piece, this was not a one-off example of the Élysée confusing journalism with public relations. As he explains, a number of academics, politicians and journalists are concerned about the way the presidency appears to be systematically equating the two.

Macron arrives in Algeria in bid to 'rebuild' relationship

International — Link

French President Emmanuel Macron began a three-day visit to Algeria on Thursday, which his office said was to 'lay a foundation to rebuild and develop' the often frought relations between the two countries, while analysts say that Macron will press for an increase in Algerian gas exports.

Macron to return to Algeria in bid to reset ties

International — Link

French head of state will visit Algeria from Thursday, August 25th, to Saturday, the Élysée Palace said in a statement.

Silence of the sands: a beguiling novel set on the edge of desert in a remote part of Algeria

Culture-Idées

In her first novel 'Nos silences sont immenses' ('Our silences are immense') former French teacher Sarah Ghoula delves back into a time when Algeria was still a French colony. Set on the edge of the desert, it tells the story of a gifted young healer. One of the themes of the book is the handing down of knowledge and stories, and the author – who was educated in and taught in France but whose family comes from rural Algeria - uses myths and legends from oral storytelling as she describes the struggle to preserve those traditions. Faïza Zerouala reviews this poetic debut novel and speaks to the author.

Echoes of French colonialism: the Harki weavers from Algeria sent to make carpets

France — Report

In 1964 around 60 Harki families – the Algerians who had fought on France's side in the recently-ended Algerian War of Independence – were shunted off to a housing estate at Lodève in the south of France. The women from the families, all skilled weavers, were put to work in what was to become a small offshoot factory for the manufacture of high-quality rugs and carpets in Paris, and in a bid to revive the local textile industry. But as Prisca Borrel reports, the shadow of French colonial attitudes in Algeria was to loom over this initiative for years to come.

Plight of Syrian migrants trying to reach Europe from Algeria

International

Since the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011 several thousand Syrians have taken refuge in Algeria. But in recent years a number of them have been trying to make the often perilous sea crossing from the Algerian coast to Europe. Some have been ripped off by unscrupulous traffickers; others have paid the ultimate price and perished at sea. Nejma Brahim reports from the Algerian port of Oran.

The memories of violence that overshadow anniversary of deal that ended Algerian War

International — Report

Last weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the Évian Accords which brought an end to the bloody Algerian War and paved the way for that country's independence from France. But for many ordinary Algerians their memory of that period is still dominated by the violence perpetrated at the time by the armed French group that was virulently opposed to granting Algeria's independence, the Organisation Armée Secrète or OAS. Nejma Brahim visited Oran on the north-west coast of Algeria where an OAS car bomb killed scores of people on February 28th 1962.

Macron meets Algerian-born French citizens with one eye on election

International — Link

French president seeks to address France’s colonial legacy in north Africa.

The lingering issue of colonialism that still shapes France

Culture-Idées

More than all other the former European imperial powers, France continues to be profoundly shaped by the issue of colonialism, which both determines its relations with the world and fashions how it sees itself. In this article written for the latest issue of the 'Revue du crieur', Mediapart's publishing editor Edwy Plenel looks at France's continuing relationship with its colonial past, a subject often suppressed by its political elites on both the Right and Left. He argues that the country's continuing reluctance to confront its imperial history has made it blind to its multiculturalism and diversity and has encouraged the renaissance of neo-fascism.

Macron condemns 'crimes' against 1961 Algerian protests in Paris

International — Link

Macron told relatives and activists on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the bloodshed that "crimes" were committed on the night of 17 October, 1961, under the command of Paris police chief Maurice Papon.

French train hits four migrants 'sleeping on track', killing three

France — Link

A local mayor said that the four migrants were "sleeping or lying" on the track at the time of the tragedy. 

Algerian president demands 'total respect' from France

France — Link

The call follows a row over visas and critical comments from Paris about the North African country; last weekend, Algeria recalled its ambassador from Paris and banned French military planes from its airspace.

Algeria closes airspace to French military and recalls ambassador

International — Link

The deepening diplomatic spat comes as France repositions thousands of its troops who are involved in the international fight against Islamist extremism in the southern Sahara. 

The mask slips: Marine Le Pen backs ex-generals who threaten possible 'coup'

France

A letter signed by 23 retired French generals, who warn that the military might have to “intervene” in a “civil war” because of a failure by the French state to crack down on “Islamists”, has caused a political row. Defence minister Florence Parly has warned of “consequences” for any active soldiers on the list of signatories, which includes scores of other senior ranks. Meanwhile Marine Le Pen, the president of the far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party, has given the retired generals her support. As Lucie Delaporte reports, her backing for such views is a stark reminder of what the RN really stands for, after a decade in which Le Pen has sought to soften the party's image.

Row as retired French generals warn of impending 'civil war'

France — Link

The text, backed by far-right leader Marine Le Pen, was dismissed by Macron’s government as a diatribe from a bunch of military pensioners who “only represent themselves”.