Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Re-elected for Fourth Term

On Friday April 18, Minister of the Interior Tayeb Belaïz of Algeria, announced that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been re-elected for a fourth term with 81.53 percent of the vote. Belaïz declared that the Algerian people had elected Bouteflika freely, in a climate of transparency and neutrality. On election day, Bouteflika submitted his ballot from […]

Algeria Unamused by Hollande’s Terrorism Joke

François Hollande may like a good knee-slapper, but Algeria is not laughing along with him. The French president, whose popularity is already historically low, irritated many in Algeria when he quipped that Interior Minister Manuel Valls had returned from a trip to the North African country “safe and sound … which is itself quite a […]

UPDATED – Algeria Raids Gas Plant Where Islamist Terrorists Hold Hostages, Many Hostages Dead or Missing

On Thursday, January 17, Algerian Special Forces raided a gas plant where an Islamist terrorist group was holding hostages. As of 11:30 EST January 18, there have been reports that approximately 30-35 hostages and 18 militants were killed during the operation. The Algerian state news agency reported that over 600 were taken hostage. The plant […]

Former Defense Minister’s Pro-Colonialism Remarks Strain Ties with Algeria

Though French colonialism has long fallen by the wayside, remnants of its influence still pervade some members of the French government. Former Defense Minister Gerard Longuet, who served from 2011 to 2012 under the Sarkozy administration, has criticized current president Francois Hollande’s effort to officially recognize the suffering of Algerians during colonization. During a two-day […]

Hollande’s Reaction to Paris 1961 Massacre

This Wednesday, October 17th, the French President, Francois Hollande declared that the French Republic “clearly acknowledges the blood-ridden” repression of the Algerian protest in Paris on October 17th 1961. Mr. Hollande asserts that, “ On October 17th 1961, Algerians who were protesting for their right of independence, were killed in a brutal repression… Fifty-one years […]

Camus Exhibit Sparks Controversy

The planning of an exhibit about Albert Camus has brought on an intellectual controversy that combines politics, history, and literature. While Marseille prepares to become the European Capital of Culture for 2013, Aix-en-Provence has dedicated an exhibit to the famous French writer and philosopher, Albert Camus. Michel Onfray, a philosopher who is well known in […]

Algeria’s Long and Painful Fight for Independence

July 5, 2012. 50 years ago Algeria was winning its independence after a bloody civil war. Today the relations between France and Algeria are still very fragile and difficult as Simon Buisson explained in his article Sunday. Yet, from where do these difficulties stem? Without an explanation about the common past of France and Algeria, […]