Emmanuel Macron said that he hoped diplomatic tensions with Algeria would soon ease.
“My wish is that we can calm things down because I think it is better to talk to one another, and to make progress,” the French president told France Inter radio in an interview on Tuesday, adding he had “very cordial” relations with Algeria’s President.
Algeria recalled its ambassador to Paris on Saturday, citing comments attributed to Macron, who was quoted in the Le Monde newspaper as saying Algeria’s rulers had rewritten the history of its colonisation based on “a hatred of France”.
On Sunday, France’s military said Algeria closed its airspace to French military planes.
The row comes on top of strains last week when France said it would slash the number of visas available to citizens of Maghreb countries.