French President Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the "Librairie du Tiers Monde" bookstore in Algiers, Wednesday, Dec.6, 2017. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)
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French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that he hopes to "open a new chapter" in his country's relationship with Algeria, one of its former colonies in Africa, by boosting security and economic cooperation.After arriving in Algiers for a one-day visit, Macron laid a wreath at the Martyrs' Memorial, a monument commemorating the Algeria's eight years of war with France that resulted in the country gaining independence in 1962 after 132 years under colonial rule.As a president candidate in February, Macron visited Algeria and called France's colonization of the Muslim territory a "crime against humanity".Macron, 39, noted in an interview with Algerian daily newspaper El Watan published Wednesday that he belongs to a generation which never knew French colonialism.
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