Macron hopes for better ties with Algeria amid row

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French President Emmanuel Macron has said he hopes the diplomatic tension with Algeria will ease soon.

Macron was speaking to France Inter radio and said: “My wish is that we can calm things down because I think it is better to talk to one another, and to make progress”.

He added that he had “cordial” relations with his Algerian counterpart.

On Saturday, Algeria recalled its ambassador to Paris and closed its airspace to French military planes a day later after the French president made comments about the northern Africa country.

Macron was quoted saying the former French colony was ruled by a “political-military system” with an official history that was based not on truth, but on hatred of France.

The diplomatic spat came days after France cut the number of visas it issues for citizens of Algeria and other North African countries.

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