Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced in a television interview that the Algerian ambassador to France, who was summoned in early February, after a dispute between the two countries over a French-Algerian activist, would “return soon” to Paris.
Algeria recalled its ambassador, Said Moussa, in protest against what it considered a “secret evacuation” that took place with the help of French diplomats and security personnel, after the French-Algerian activist Amira Bouraoui was able to go to France from Tunisia, which she was planning to deport to Algeria.
Referring to the dispute in this regard, Tebboune said in an interview with “Al-Jazeera” channel on Tuesday evening that “our relationship with France is wavering.”
“The Algerian ambassador will soon return to Paris,” he added, according to what was reported by the official APS news agency about the interview.
After a cooldown dominated relations between the two countries since the fall of 2021, Paris and Algeria began to improve these relations on the occasion of French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Algeria last August. At that time, the two heads of state signed a joint declaration to resume bilateral cooperation.
On February 20, Algerian prosecutors announced that they had placed four people in pretrial detention and a fifth person under judicial supervision as part of an investigation into the “illegal” exit of Algerian activist Amira Bouraoui from Algeria.
And Bouraoui is French-Algerian, especially known in 2014 during her participation in the “Barakat” movement against the candidacy of the late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for a fourth term, after which she became involved in the popular “movement”.
In June 2020, Bouraoui, a 46-year-old originally a doctor, was sentenced to one year in prison but was granted parole in July.