Why France is Silent On Algeria's Political Crisis

Observers say any action could undermine France's delicate but strategic relationship with the Bouteflika regime, and that key French priorities -from curbing migration and terrorism in the Sahel, to Algerian gas exports to France - risk being compromised if the North African country tips into turmoil.

Algerians climbed on the iconic Marianne statue in downtown Paris as the protest against Bouteflika's intention to seeka another term in office.

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