Algeria/Venezuela: French hypocrisy

France’s refusal to take sides in the challenges taking place in Algeria is undoubtedly welcome, as a sovereign State and a sovereign people do not have to learn from anyone. But Paris’ attitude has still not been like this: the social demonstrations of January 2018 very quickly provoked the reaction of Paris as well as the remote-controlled demonstrations of Venezuela. Double standards? On Thursday, March 7, Edouard Philippe explained on BFMTV why his country is taking sides with the demonstrators in Venezuela but is not taking the same position on the events that are going on in Algeria.

“I do not believe that France is cautious, it is Algeria’s neighbour, it is linked to Algeria by an intense, complex, passionate but indisputable historical link,” he said.

Philippe explained the double standards policy for Venezuela and Algeria. Indeed, Paris supports the demonstrations against the Venezuelan government while refraining from taking the same position on Algeria.

“We are not indifferent to what is happening in Algeria, but we do not want to interfere, and I think that is the least we can do while the electoral process is ongoing,” he said.

Regarding the demonstrations by Algerians protesting against a 5th term of office of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Prime Minister stressed that France should not decide instead of the Algerians.

“It is up to Algerians to decide for themselves the political future of their country,” he advocated. He added: “Paris respects the sovereignty of the Algerian people. »

However, France’s vision has hardly been as “Souvrainistic” towards Venezuela. France has also recognised the Venezuelan opponent Juan Guaido as “president in charge”. France considers that Juan Guaido “has the legitimacy to organize elections”, in particular the presidential election, according to statements by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. France even suggests that it could contribute to military action against Venezuela. So a two-speed foreign policy?

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