If a figure is needed to illustrate the importance that Paris attaches to this two-day visit by Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne to Algiers, it is to be found in the number of ministers accompanying her to take part in this Intergovernmental Committee for high level (CIHN). No less than 15 members from government of Mme Borne were part of the delegation for this stay from Sunday 9 to Monday 10 October. Only Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the Minister for Energy Transition, withdrew at the last minute due to Covid contamination. And as if to further mark this new honeymoon between Paris and Algiers, we gladly point out that this plethoric delegation is unprecedented.
Algeria-France: Elisabeth Borne in Algiers to concretize reconciliation
It is that in terms of relations between France and Algeria, gestures take on an importance that goes beyond the symbol. A year ago, almost to the day, Algiers recalled its ambassador to France, Between Daoud, in particular to protest against the remarks of President Macron – who in an interview accused the Algerian “politico-military system” of maintaining a “memorial rent” – and against the drastic restrictions in the issuance of visas to Algerian nationals, to officials policies in particular. This umpteenth quarrel had then darkened the horizons of Algerian-French relations, President Tebboune describing the words of his French counterpart as “very serious”.
A year later, the page seems turned. Emmanuel Macron and Abdelmadjid Tebboune spoke to each other this Sunday, October 9 around noon, at the very moment when the plane of the French delegation was leaving Orly pour Alger.