Renault plant in Algeria sign of renewed ties with France

Pen calls ministers at inauguration an 'indecent provocation'

10 November, 18:03

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, NOVEMBER 10 - The rapprochement between France and Algeria marked an important step on Monday with the inauguration of a Renault car plant in Oran.

    The inauguration in the western city of Algeria was attended by Algerian prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal and the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, and economy minister, Emmanuel Macron. ''These facilities embody an exemplary French-Algerian partnership and a combination of action, ambition and friendship,'' Fabius said in his opening remarks, stressing that relations between Paris and Algiers would continue to grow stronger over the coming years, especially in the tourism and industry sectors. ''We need to go forward,'' noted Sellal, underscoring that renewed collaboration was advantageous for both countries. The presence of the two French ministers at the inauguration sparked criticism in Paris, especially from far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

    Le Pen called the visit ''an indecent provocation'' at a time when ''our French factories are shutting down and delocalization is accelerating''. The production site, 51% held by the Algerian state and 49% by Renault as required by local laws, is the result of an agreement signed during Hollande's visit to Algiers in December 2012. The plant will provide jobs for about 350 people and initial investment totaled 50 million euros which - according to Algerian sources quoted by the French media - will gradually rise to 800 million.(ANSAmed).

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