“I am asymptomatic. You had to do a PCR test to fly but for me, there were no issues. When I got the result, I was amazed,” explained France’s chief rabbi, Haïm Korsia, who was part of the head of state’s large official delegation, comprising seven ministers. French President Emmanuel Macron begins Thursday, August 25 afternoon his visit official three-day trip to Algeria. This is the second time he has visited Algeria as president, after a first visit in December 2017, at the very start of his first five-year term.
Algeria: one-on-one with Tebboune, visit to the Great Mosque, stopover in Oran… Macron’s agenda in Algiers
Target of many insults on the networks in the last 48 hours, Haïm Korsia has denied having been pressured not to go to Algeria. “Not only was there no pressure, but the president invited me, he maintained the invitation. Algeria gave my visa, Algeria wanted me there, so there is no problem,” he said on Radio J, a Jewish community radio station.
Son of Jews born in Algeria
He affirmed that he wanted to evoke, in particular during the visit of the graveyard Saint-Eugène in Algiers, where a number of French people born in Algeria rest, the “expectation of many to be able to go to Algeria, to be able to go and pray at the graves of their ancestors”. Son of Jews born in Algeria, Haïm Korsia wanted to “open up this possibility”, so that Algeria would not be “just a country that we talk about and that we cannot go and see”.
Algerian students in France: return or stay?
The relationship between France and Algeria, still very marked by one hundred and thirty-two years of French colonization, was announced under the best auspices with the election of Mr. Macron. But she quickly stumbled upon a series of misunderstandings around this painful shared history. If he has multiplied unprecedented memorial gestures, Emmanuel Macron has not presented the expected apologies par Alger.