French president Emmanuel Macron attends the inauguration ceremony of the solar energy power plant in Zaktubi, near Ouagadougou, on november 29, 2017, on the second day of his first African tour since taking office. / AFP / POOL / LUDOVIC MARIN
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President Emmanuel Macron visited Algeria Wednesday where he pressed for a new chapter in relations and said he would not be held hostage by France's colonial past, in remarks published by a local newspaper.Macron is widely seen as his last chance of obtaining an official apology for the past.Bouteflika is rarely seen in public since his stroke and Macron will focus on Algeria's generational shift and the importance of enhanced economic and security within that context.Macron angered many at home when he described France's colonial rule as a "crime against humanity" on a visit to Algeria during his presidential campaign.During a three-day tour in West Africa last week Macron, 39, also addressed France's colonial past.
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