Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in his office: "We are seen as a kind of North Korea."

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in his office: "We are seen as a kind of North Korea."

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Arslane Bestaoui / DER SPIEGEL

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune "You Can’t Question a People’s History and You Can’t Insult the Algerians"

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune recently closed his country's airspace to France out of anger at a comment from Emmanuel Macron. DER SPIEGEL spoke with Tebboune about the diplomatic fracas, his country's path to modernization and why journalists are still being locked up in Algeria.
Interview Conducted by Britta Sandberg und Monika Bolliger
DER SPIEGEL 45/2021
SPIEGEL International
Anti-government protests in April in Algiers: "We had to completely rebuild the state."

Anti-government protests in April in Algiers: "We had to completely rebuild the state."

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French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Algeria in December 2017.

French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Algeria in December 2017.

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"I greatly admire Angela Merkel’s stamina and her modesty. I greatly regret that she is now going."
President Tebboune at his residence in Algiers.

President Tebboune at his residence in Algiers.

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Demonstrations in Algiers on Feb. 22, 2021, the second anniversary of the start of the Hirak protest movement.

Demonstrations in Algiers on Feb. 22, 2021, the second anniversary of the start of the Hirak protest movement.

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Tebboune during his DER SPIEGEL interview with reporters Britta Sandberg (left) and Monika Bollinger.

Tebboune during his DER SPIEGEL interview with reporters Britta Sandberg (left) and Monika Bollinger.

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"Freedom of the press does not cover the production of Fake News nor does it allow for the vilification of one’s country."