Algerians: Macron's regret is not enough, he must apologize

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News ID: 54467
Publish Date: 13:44 - 11 November 2021
Thursday, 11 November 2021 (YJC)_ In response to a recent statement from the Elysee Palace, Algerian journalists and activists said the statement was not as hurt as the French president's statement denying the existence of the pre-colonial Algerian people.

Algerians: Macron's regret is not enough, he must apologizeThe Elysee Palace announced on Tuesday evening that French President Emmanuel Macron regretted the differences and misunderstandings with Algeria and that he respected the Algerian people and its history.

A month and a half after the French president's remarks, Elysee announced that Macron wanted to develop bilateral relations between France and Algeria in the interests of the two countries.

An adviser to the French president also told a news conference that Macron hoped that Algerian President Abdel Majid Taboun would attend the Libyan conference, which is scheduled to take place in Paris in two days.

On October 2, the French newspaper Le Monde quoted Macron as saying that the Algerian president was left undecided in an extremely difficult regime. Macron also claimed that before the French colonization, the Algerian people did not exist and that they were transferred from the Ottoman colonization to another colonization.

Reacting to the Elysée statement, Riyad Hawili, director of Algeria's Al-Watan Al-Watan network, told Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the statement did not go as far as to wound Macron's denials of the pre-colonial Algerian people. This is not an apology; Expressing regret does not mean that Macron has retracted his remarks.

Hawley added that the Paris conference on Libya would be illegitimate without the presence of Algerian President Abdel Majid Taboun.

Algerian journalist Osman Lahyani also said that the statement of the Elysee Palace adviser was not apologized for, but on the contrary, the Elysee spokesman insisted on the French narrative, saying that the problem was not with the statement but with the Algerian interpretation. This is more ugly than Macron's remarks.

Dr. Sami Talhi, a professor of political science and international relations, also said that a real apology was an official confession to France's crimes. Why didn't Macron apologize himself and a statement was issued!

He added that the statement was just a favor to Algeria's participation in next Friday's Paris meeting on Libya.

Al-Jazeera journalist Mehdi Mohammed also said the statement did not address issues that have angered Algerians. It was a passing sentence that did not reach the level of an apology. The recent remarks of many Algerian politicians stem from an old grudge against Algeria.

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