Macron Seeks 'New Relationship' With Former Colony Algeria

India's reluctant leader Rahul Gandhi takes party helm

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The French President wants to mend his country's paternalistic policy toward its former African colonies-but his trip to the region foretells more continuity than change.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Algeria on Wednesday for a one-day working visit aimed at boosting security and economic co-operation.

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The French president said that returning African art and historical artifacts now in France to their rightful owners is one of his priorities.

As a president candidate in February, Macron visited Algeria and called France's colonization of the Muslim territory a "crime against humanity".

"It's also a new chapter with this new Algerian generation who probably looks at France in a different way, who must also look at the promises of its own country and go and conquer a future which is not completely bright", Macron said while exchanging a few words and shaking hands with many young Algerians during a walk in the center of the capital city. At the time, protests were organized by people with ties to Christian and Jewish families who moved to French colonies in North Africa before being expelled when those countries became independent.

The Algerians fought against French colonialism in the 1840s and 50s. "Within five years, I want all the necessary conditions to be available so that African heritage is returned to Africa", he said. "Our national interests must come first", she said.

Regarding Macron's visit to Doha, which is scheduled for several hours, French sources said that it comes within the "political consultation", especially that Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visited Paris in September.