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Algeria France

Algeria demands France’s ‘total respect’: President (Al Jazeera)

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune demanded France’s “total respect”, following a diplomatic row over visas and critical comments from Paris about the North African country.

Algeria accused its former colonial ruler France of “genocide” and recalled its ambassador from Paris on October 2 in anger over what it said were “inadmissible” comments attributed to French President Emmanuel Macron.

Algeria demands France’s ‘total respect’: President | News | Al Jazeera

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Europe France Greece

Greece and France give European strategic autonomy a shot (Katerina Sokou, Atlantic Council)

Decades from now, historians may agree with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s description of the strategic defense agreement signed last week between France and Greece as “the first step towards a European strategic autonomy.” The deal supports the European defense industry because Greece agreed to buy three warships from the French builder Naval Group—the same firm that lost a contract with Australia as a result of the AUKUS partnership.

Greece and France give European strategic autonomy a shot – Atlantic Council

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France Sahel

Has France failed in the Sahel? (Al Jazeera)

A spat between the French and Malian governments is threatening to derail a fragile alliance against armed groups in the Sahel region of North Africa.

Last month, Mali’s interim prime minister accused France of abandonment over its decision to reduce its military presence in the region.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the comments “unacceptable”, and later disparaged the Malian government’s efforts to secure parts of the country.

On Tuesday, Mali summoned France’s ambassador and expressed “indignation” over Macron’s words.

Tensions between the two countries were already high before the dispute – after reports surfaced that Mali was in talks to hire Russian mercenaries for security.

So, what are the risks?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Guests:

Fabrice Pothier – Chief strategy officer at Rasmussen Global

Ovigwe Eguegu – Security analyst at Afripolitika

Andrew Lebovich – Policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations

Has France failed in the Sahel? | Armed Groups News | Al Jazeera

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France Mali

Mali accuses France of training ‘terrorists’ in the country (Al Jazeera)

Mali’s Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga has told the Russian media he has evidence that France has been training “terrorist” groups operating in the West African country.

Maiga said French troops had created an enclave in Kidal, a town in the desert region of northern Mali, and handed it over to a “terrorist group” known as Ansar al-Din, allegedly linked to al-Qaeda. He said the Malian military was banned from entering the territory.

Mali accuses France of training ‘terrorists’ in the country | Armed Groups News | Al Jazeera

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Australia France

French envoy to return to Australia amid AUKUS row (Al Jazeera)

Australian government ministers have welcomed France’s decision to return its ambassador to Canberra, saying they hope the two nations could repair the damage caused by a cancelled submarine contract.

“We welcome back the French Ambassador to Canberra, and hopefully we can move beyond our recent disappointments,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told Nine Network TV on Thursday.

French envoy to return to Australia amid AUKUS row | News | Al Jazeera

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France Mali

Mali summons French ambassador over President Macron’s criticism (Al Jazeera)

Mali has summoned France’s ambassador to the country to register its “indignation” at French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent criticism of the country’s government, which is dominated by army figures.

Tensions between France and its former colony Mali have been high since it emerged that the Sahel state is in talks with Russian mercenaries.

Mali summons French ambassador over President Macron’s criticism | News | Al Jazeera

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Bahrain France

French MPs condemn ‘human rights violations’ in Bahrain (Al Jazeera)

Several French members of parliament urged France’s foreign minister to speak out over the deteriorating human rights situation in Bahrain, a human rights organisation said.

According to a report by Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) on Monday, four legislators raised alleged abuses by Bahraini authorities – including detention of political opponents, repression of freedom of expression, and political prisoner violations – with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

French MPs condemn ‘human rights violations’ in Bahrain | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera

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Algeria France

Why is Algeria angry at Emmanuel Macron? (Al Jazeera)

France and Algeria have had a complicated relationship for decades.

Although French colonial rule ended in the 1960s – France has often been accused of interference in Algeria’s affairs.

And President Emmanuel Macron’s recent critical comments about Algeria’s politics and history are threatening to make things worse.

The Algerian government responded to the latest remarks by recalling its ambassador to France and banning the French military from its airspace.

French military aircraft fly through Algeria to reach troops helping the fight against armed groups in the Sahel.

Algeria says Macron’s comments are an “inadmissible interference” in its internal affairs and an “intolerable affront” to Algerians who died fighting French colonialism.

But what’s behind this?

And what does it tell us about France’s colonial past?

Presenter: Imran Khan

Guests:

Bruno Tertrais – Deputy director of the Foundation for Strategic Research

Youcef Bouandel – Professor of political science and international relations at Qatar University

Adama Gaye – Journalist and author

Why is Algeria angry at Emmanuel Macron? | Emmanuel Macron News | Al Jazeera

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France

Vive la (Online Bookstore) Révolution! (Daniel Castro, ITIF)

Some of the French proposals for regulating the digital economy have become so outlandish that it is getting hard to distinguish between real articles printed in Le Monde versus ones you might find on a satirical website like The Onion. The most recent example of this type of head-scratching headline came this week when French legislators met to consider a law, which has the backing of President Emmanuel Macron, to require retailers to charge consumers higher shipping fees for books they purchase online than most pay now.

Vive la (Online Bookstore) Révolution! | ITIF

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