A spokesman for the French General Staff said, that French planes often travel through Algerian airspace to reach or leave the African Sahel region, where the country’s forces are deployed.
France and Algeria are going through a moment of tension.
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron met with a group of young people of Algerian origin. At the time, he reportedly said that Algeria was ruled by a “political-military” regime and that the country’s official history had been completely rewritten so that lies and hate speech against France would be told.
Algeria gained independence from France after a war that lasted from 1954 to 1962. The atmosphere of tension between the two countries comes with the 60th anniversary of the Algerian war and the approaching independence of Algeria.
According to Le Monde newspaper, Macron provoked “an official history that has been completely rewritten not based on facts” but on “rhetoric based on hatred of France”.
On Saturday, the Algerian government recalled its ambassador in Paris for consultations – this is the diplomatic way in which countries express their displeasure with each other.
Colonel Pascal Ini of France said that despite the differences, the two countries continued to carry out operations and that there were “media missions” to fight terrorism.
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