Abdelmadjid Tebboune may not be in France until next September. Between Paris and Algiers, dissension exists, while the presidents of the two countries had planned to meet this month.
Officially, the Algerian president and his French counterpart are struggling to agree their respective agendas. After Emmanuel Macron's visit to Algeria, at the end of last summer, we thought that the friendship rediscovered between Paris and Algiers would last. Abdelmadjid Tebboune had then planned to go to Paris. A trip that has already been postponed several times. On the side of the two countries, we try to say that the relations between the two countries are always peaceful and that it is simply difficult to agree the agendas of the two presidents.
But in reality, clouds came to cover the sky, a little too clear, of the Franco-Algerian friendship. This explains the postponements of Tebboune's trips, initially scheduled in May, then in June. Several facts would be at the origin of the darkening of the ties between the two countries. Starting, according to Europe 1, with the book by the former French ambassador to Algiers, Xavier Driencourt, which criticizes the Franco-Algerian agreement of 1968, or the fact that former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe asked that this agreement be terminated.
But in the corridors of the French and Algerian presidential palaces, the discourse remains measured. We are assured that it is difficult to find a travel slot for the two heads of state. The fault, among other things, of the war in Ukraine, which occupies Emmanuel Macron a lot. Summer is approaching, and the French president will certainly, if it does not take place in June, postpone the meeting to September. But on the side of Algiers too, we are dragging our feet and Tebboune should wait to see how Franco-Algerian relations will evolve in the coming weeks.
If some still hope for a reversal of the situation, it will not be. The Algerian ambassador to France, Said Moussi, confirmed to the president of the French Senate, Gérard Larcher, that Tebboune would not come in June. Other sources indicate that the Algerian president, if he travels, wants his trip to be historic. However, he has not yet received the assurance of diplomatic and formal treatment befitting his rank, from Macron.
A question of details? Not for the Moroccan press which blows on the embers by indicating, in recent days, that President Tebboune has signed a decree for the restoration of an anti-French couplet, deleted in 1986, in the national anthem of Algeria.