Whose side to choose? I cannot decide. I have thought about it for several weeks now and still couldn’t make my mind and this is why I have decided to share my dilemma with you dear readers and seek your advice. You may not be familiar with them but don’t worry, I’ve done my homework for you.
Today’s visit of the French PM to Algeria gives a new opportunity to the Algerian regime to bring Bouteflika in front of the state TV’s cameras and prove, if need be, that he’s alive and actually ruling the country. And just like every other foreign official who’s visited “us”, Valls will probably back the regime by praising the president’s courage and alacrity.
The context around this visit is somehow tense. There is apparently no mention of Bouteflika in the Panama Papers (only his industry minister Bouchouareb is found to own an offshore company) and yet French newspaper Le Monde suggested otherwise by putting the Algerian president’s picture on its front page. The Algerian side complained officially and denied visas to the newspaper’s journalists who were to come with Valls. Many French journalists decided to stay in Paris to support their colleagues.