News - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs enMinistry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Algeria - Q&A from the press briefing (25 May 2021) Q : Can you confirm that a French-Algerian meeting was held in Paris on cleaning up old French nuclear test sites in Algeria? Will France take charge of operations to clean up those sites? A : The meeting you mention was held on May 19 and 20. The French-Algerian working group on nuclear tests was established in 2008 by the authorities of both countries. Made up of experts, it is tasked with jointly studying the cleanup of former nuclear test sites in the Sahara, its primary concern (…) 2021-05-26 08:49:2356779_259041 Algeria – Death of Ali Yahia Abdennour, lawyer and human rights activist France pays tribute to the memory of Ali Yahia Abdennour, an Algerian lawyer and human rights defender. It hails the commitment of this great humanist and tireless democrat whose life coincided with key moments in Algerian history. We offer our condolences to his family and to all those who shared his struggle. 2021-04-28 18:59:3656779_258267Algeria - Q&A from the press briefing (26 Apr. 21) Q: There have been an increasing number of attacks on France's ambassador to Algeria, whom certain media outlets accuse of interfering in Algerian politics by meeting with opposition leaders. Just yesterday, Le Courrier d'Algérie ran an article headlined “Will he be called to order?” What is your response? Aren't such meetings part of an ambassador's usual duties? A: Our ambassador to Algeria has the full confidence of the French authorities as he carries out his duties with all due respect for (…) 2021-04-26 18:24:3456779_258196Algeria - Q&A from the press briefing (23 Apr. 21) Q: A renowned Algerian Islamic scholar, Said Djabelkhir, charged with “offending the precepts of Islam,” was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday. He vowed to continue his “fight for the freedom of conscience.” What is France's response? A: You know our position. We are attached to the freedom of expression and to academic freedom everywhere. 2021-04-23 18:44:5456779_258141Algeria - Q&A from the press briefing (12 Apr. 2021) Q : In an interview with the Arabic Post, Algerian Minister of Communication and Government Spokesperson Ammar Belhimer urged Ambassador of France to Algeria François Gouyette to stop meeting with opposition leaders, notably those linked to the Hirak movement, and warned that Algeria would “take the necessary measures to correct the situation if that does not happen.” Are such demands and threats consistent with diplomatic norms and the desire to ease bilateral relations expressed by France? (…) 2021-04-13 08:33:0056779_257846Algeria - Q&A from the press briefing (15 Mar. 2021) Q : The Algerian minister of communication is threatening the international television network France 24 with the “permanent withdrawal” of its accreditation as a result, according to him, of its “blatant bias” in the coverage of Hirak. What is France's response? Have you lodged a complaint with the Algerian authorities? A : France defends the freedom of the press everywhere, as well as the safety of journalists and all those whose voices contribute to public debate. The freedom to provide (…) 2021-03-16 08:27:1756779_256750Report by Benjamin Stora (19 Feb. 2021) Q : The Algerian Government spokesperson, Ammar Belhimer, had very harsh comments to make on Benjamin Stora's report on the “reconciliation of memories” between France and Algeria. Given this initial reaction to the French initiative by Algerian authorities, is it useful to establish a “Memory and Truth” Commission, as announced? Do we know if it will be formed before March 19, the anniversary of the Evian Accords? A : We refer you to the communiqué from the Elysée, issued on January 21 when (…) 2021-02-22 09:06:1656779_256265Algeria - Q&A from the press briefing (7 Dec. 2020) Q : According to Maghreb Intelligence, France refused to issue visas to Algerians, including a son of Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad, in response to Algiers's radio silence radio on the French request to return Algerian nationals suspected of radicalization. European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune had himself mentioned this prospect on November 15 on Europe 1. Can you confirm these reports? A : We never comment on individual administrative (…) 2020-12-08 08:21:1756779_254379Algeria - Q&A from the press briefing (3 Dec. 2020) Q : The authorities blocked several information sites on Wednesday in Algeria, raising new questions regarding the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression in this country. In his interview to Jeune Afrique, President Macron stated that certain “things” in Algeria were not “in line with our standards” and hoped that they could “evolve.” Does this statement apply to the most recent decisions by the Algerian authorities relating to the media? A : Our position is constant: France defends (…) 2020-12-04 08:55:3356779_254288Algeria - Q&A from the press briefing (4 Nov. 2020) Q: Have Algerians translated the aspirations of the Hirak movement into a “political vision with institutions capable of achieving it” in the constitutional referendum, in accordance with the wishes expressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian in Algiers on October 15? A: It is not up to us to comment on the results of this referendum. The Algerian authorities expressed their determination to undertake reforms in response to the aspirations expressed with dignity and a sense (…) 2020-11-04 17:46:0156779_253332