DGSE chief meets with Algerian counterpart in Germany
In the utmost secrecy, the heads of France's DGSE and Algeria's DGDSE met in Berlin in mid-February, scarcely a week after an earlier meeting was cancelled amid the Amira Bouraoui affair.
The head of state is carrying out a series of consultations as he prepares a major reshuffle in which several government heavyweights look likely to lose their posts. Behind the scenes, Tebboune is making no attempt to hide his dissatisfaction with a number of ministers, including foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra.
Six months after the announcement of its creation, tensions between France and Algeria are delaying the establishment of a bilateral body that is supposed to resolve a row over the countries' shared past. The decrees appointing the commission's French and Algerian experts have still not been published.
After he spoke by phone with President Emmanuel Macron this week, it's looking increasingly certain that Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will pay an official visit to France. To pave the way, Algerian army chief Said Chengriha is due in Paris later this month, while a top French foreign ministry official is expected in Algiers.
Algeria's brand new CREA employers' federation has hit the ground running and established itself as a key player in the business community. It is keen to distance itself from the defunct business leaders' forum led by jailed oligarch Ali Haddad, a vestige of the last years of the Bouteflika regime.
Because of its broad scope, the French financial intelligence service Tracfin, if used well, could become a handy intelligence warfare tool. But after Maryvonne Le Brignonen's controversial directorship the unit is facing numerous challenges, both internal and external.