Saïd Chengriha, Algeria’s chief of staff, is said to be leading the counterattack against Paris. The general has had many grievances against France for several months. However, the French authorities’ reaction to the Pegasus affair, which was considered too timid and perceived as a desire to stifle the scandal to please Morocco, has not gone down too well.
Algerian authorities find it all the more difficult to understand this leniency because, from their point of view, the Pegasus affair is almost a justification for war with Morocco.
Supply of troops
On 28 September, Gabriel Attal, France’s government spokesperson, announced that the country would be reducing the number of visas it grants to Algerians. This was then followed by President Emmanual Macron’s comments on the Algerian “politico-military system”.
This further fuelled the ire of Chengriha, who ordered the road to be blocked
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