Two prominent Algerian parties have condemned “French interference in the internal affairs of its former colonies.”
This was in response to the recent comments of President Emmanuel Macron on the relations between Turkey and Russia with African countries and the Hirak movement.
Macron accused Turkey and Russia of spreading anti-French sentiments in Africa by playing on “post-colonial resentment.”
The French President was referring to the protests in some African countries, following his statements about a “plan to combat Islamist separatism in France,” which he launched after a French teacher was killed in October.
In response, two Algerian parties have called on African leaders, especially elected ones, to cancel their participation in the Africa-France Summit, saying they were summoned to participate as rulers who follow France’s orders.
The President of the Rally for Culture and Democracy Mohcine Belabbas denounced Macron’s statement, saying the frequent interventions in the sovereign decisions of African countries are the problem.
“Post-colonial France is part of our problem, as well as being part of the painful past of Algeria and Africa. Algeria and Africa cannot remain forever in a state of dependency, to serve new colonial interests,” he argued.
Meanwhile, a member of the Islamist party Movement of Society for Peace Nasser Hamdadouche accused France of always finding a way to return to its old habits by interfering in the internal affairs of its former colonies.
He indicated that France’s behavior shows that it does not recognize the independence or sovereignty of these countries.