Algeria – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (11 March 2019)

I welcome the statement by President Bouteflika announcing that he will not seek a fifth term and vowing measures to update the Algerian political system.

Following massive protests, which took place in a calm and dignified manner throughout Algeria, France expresses the hope that a new dynamic capable of responding to the deepest aspirations of the Algerian people will swiftly emerge.

France reaffirms its attachment to its ties of friendship with Algeria, offering its best wishes for peace, stability and prosperity for all its people.