The French foreign affairs Ministry and of Europe has stated that it will continue in conjunction with European partners, to address the situation of Catholic and Protestant Christians with the Algerian authorities at every opportunity, pointing out that Algeria is bound by constitutional and international obligations to guarantee the rights of all Christians on its soil.
The French official stance came in response to a question addressed to the Foreign Ministry (Quai D’orsay) at the National Assembly, dated September 4th 2018, which was raised by Rep. Martin Wuner of the Republican Party to President Emmanuel Macron, claiming that Christians are allegedly subjected to oppression and persecution in Algeria.
The Quai D’Orsay said that the French authorities have always reiterated their commitment to human rights and individual freedoms as part of their regular and deep political dialogue with Algeria.
According to the French Foreign Ministry, the conditions of worship are exclusively subjected to the jurisdiction of the Algerian authorities.
The latter (ie, the Algerian authorities) are bound to live up to constitutional and international obligations, through Article 42 of the Algerian Constitution, which provides for freedom of belief and freedom of worship guaranteed for all Algerians.