ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has accused its former colonial ruler France of “genocide” and introduced the recall of its ambassador from Paris in anger over what it stated had been “inadmissible” feedback attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron.
The sharp escalation in tensions additionally follows a French choice to slash the variety of visas issued to folks in North Africa — together with Algeria — as a result of governments there are refusing to take again migrants expelled from France.
The instant recall of Algeria’s ambassador from France for “consultations” was introduced Saturday night in an announcement from the Algerian presidency.
The assertion stated the recall was motivated by current feedback about Algeria that had been attributed to Macron. The feedback amounted to “inadmissible interference” in Algeria’s affairs and had been “an insupportable affront” to Algerians who died combating French colonialism, the Algerian presidency stated.
“The crimes of colonial France in Algeria are innumerable and match the strictest definitions of genocide,” its assertion alleged.
French media reported that Macron made current feedback about Algeria’s post-colonial system of presidency and its attitudes to France.