France red-faced after Algeria minister searched

2015-10-19 18:10

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Paris - France was on Monday left red-faced after an Algerian minister was searched at a Paris airport, with the foreign ministry pledging to ensure such an "unfortunate incident" would not be repeated.

Algeria had on Sunday summoned France's ambassador to protest a day after officials at Orly airport insisted on searching Communications Minister Hamid Grine even though he holds a diplomatic passport.

The incident prompted a swift response from the foreign ministry in Paris, which said it was working to avoid making a similar faux pas in the future.

"We are working with the interior ministry and the management of Aeroports de Paris to make sure this type of particularly unfortunate incident does not happen again," ministry spokesperson Romain Nadal told reporters.

"We are committed to facilitating the travel of senior foreign officials in France," he said.

The Algerian foreign ministry denounced the treatment of Grine as "unacceptable", saying it was the third time such an incident had happened at a ministerial level.

It cited two earlier cases involving Industry Minister Abdeslam Bouchouareb and Housing Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Algerian newspaper Liberte reported that Grine was in the airport's hospitality lounge when an Algerian diplomat sent him a message from border police asking him to undergo a search.

Grine reportedly had with him an official mission letter and his diplomatic passport, but border police ignored his protests, saying they had "orders" to follow.

The newspaper added that the search lasted five minutes.

Diplomatic travel

The Ennahar daily called the search "abusive" and said the "outrage" had to "stem from French parties who want to create a diplomatic crisis" between Alger and Paris.

Ties between France and its former colony have grown closer in recent years on both a political and economic level under the Socialist government of French President Francois Hollande.

In a separate incident in March 2014, France was similarly embarrassed after Morocco's foreign minister was searched as he passed through Charles de Gaulle airport just north of Paris.

At the time, French officials apologised to Rabat and pledged to work with the interior ministry and the airport management to respect the rules regarding diplomatic travel.

Read more on:    aeroports de paris  |  hamid grine  |  algeria  |  france  |  air travel

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