Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Socialists Reward Their Backers: French Ambassador Promises Lots More Schengen Visas for Algerians

In an interview according to the online journal TSA, the French ambassador in Algeria Mr André Parrant underlines the intent of both parties to build a shared future.

...Touching on the subject which always give rise to debate, that of visas and the free circulation of persons, Mr Parrant judges that there is a strong demand for visas in Algeria, which shows the interest Algerians have in France. The number of visas delivered is increasing. According to the ambassador, this number should reach 200,000 by the end of the year, and he emphasises that this number is a significant increase compared to the two previous years (2010-2011). The consulates general of France in Algeria supplied between 138,000 et 165,000 visas between 2010 and 2011, explains the French ambassador, declaring that more than 80% of requests are granted. "We will continue to work in this direction," he says on this subject. He made it clear that movement between France and Algeria had to be facilitated in both directions.

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