France has ended months of tensions with Algeria over a visa dispute.
French Interior Minister Gérald Dalmanin, who visited the Algerian capital Algiers on Sunday, announced a “return to normal consular relations” with Algeria, according to a statement posted on Twitter.
He also praised the “very strong relationship” between Paris and Algiers.
Last September, Paris cut visa quotas for former colonies Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, encouraging countries to work together against illegal immigration.
Paris cut the tax rate in Tunisia by 30% and in Algeria and Morocco by 50%. This is in hopes that each country will repatriate its citizens living in France as illegal immigrants.
The move caused widespread public outrage.
La France et l’Algerie ont ouvert une nouvelle page de leurs relationship🇫🇷🇩🇿.
À la demande d’@EmmanuelMacronje me suis rendu à Alger afin d’évoquer avec mon homologue et le Président Tebboune la coopération de nos deux pays dans les domaines migratoire et de la securité. pic.twitter.com/qi7ZhDvPF6
— Gerard Dalmann (@GDarmanin) December 18, 2022
France has restored visa rates Tunisia It recovered to pre-coronavirus levels in August, and on Friday, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said Paris had returned to “full consular cooperation” with Morocco.
It was also discussed that President Emmanuel Macron will visit the North African kingdom in early 2023.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Moroccan King Mohammed VI spoke by phone last Wednesday night after their dramatic clash in the World Cup semi-finals in Qatar, which France won 2-0.
https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20221219-franco-algerian-relations-back-on-track-following-visa-dispute-north-africa-tunisia-morocco-illegal-immigration France-Algeria relations are back on track after visa dispute