French Wheat Tops Algeria’s Imports
The Algerian-French rapprochement, which is taking place at the level of memory and the colonial past, is dragging the relationships between the two countries on the economic level and extricating them from the state of loss that they experienced since the outbreak of the popular movement “Hirak” about two years ago.
The French wheat was subjected to severe harassment from Russian wheat after Algeria had amended its terms in its international tenders since last fall, allowing Russian wheat “rich in vitamins” to compete with Algeria’s traditional source, represented by French grains, French wheat returned to top again Algeria’s imports of this vital material.
In the latest statistics in this regard, Algeria imported during the last month of February, at least 3900 tons of French wheat, according to what was reported by Reuters news agency, which is the first of its kind during the current season, said the same source.
The quantity of wheat that France exported to non-EU countries was estimated at no less than 821.000 tons, which means that what Algeria imported of French wheat is equivalent to 38%, which is the quantity that it did not import from any other country, whether from the European Union countries or from outside.
Algeria started last October to launch its tenders after amendments were made to the terms as part of its endeavour to expand the competitors for French wheat and diversify its import sources. The French then read in this amendment, opening the door to fierce competition between French wheat and that of Eastern Europe, knowing that French wheat is not competitive due to its high price and poor quality in terms of vitamins, compared to the most expensive and poorer Russian wheat in terms of nutritional value, according to specialized laboratories.
The circumstance in which Algeria reviewed the terms for importing its wheat needs came amid a state of blockage between the Algerian-French relationships, due to repeated harassment by the French public and private media, and numerous other crises.
The French suppliers at that time considered the Algerian authorities’ decision to review the terms for importing wheat as an official move towards Algeria’s traditional partner, represented by Russia, which is considered one of Algeria’s traditional partners in terms of arms, which raised their fears of losing their traditional market.
However, the improvement in Algerian-French relations in recent times played in favour of the traditional supplier of Algeria, represented in France, which has not stopped courting the Algerian authorities through the words of its president, in terms of memory, and perhaps the last of this courtship is the recognition of the French President, Emmanuel Macron, of the responsibility of the French occupation forces in the liquidation of the militant Ali Boumendjel, after decades of falsification of facts related to the death of a lawyer for the liberation revolution by official French stories which claimed that he committed suicide.