On September 1st, 2023, the French government officially confirmed the tragic death of a French citizen and the incarceration of another compatriot in Algeria in an incident that reportedly involved several French nationals. This revelation comes following reports from Moroccan media on Thursday, suggesting that two Franco-Moroccan vacationers had been allegedly killed by Algerian coastguards. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, has only acknowledged the death of a single citizen and has not provided specific details regarding the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident.
In a statement issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was stated that “The Crisis and Support Center of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, along with our embassies in Morocco and Algeria, are in close contact with the families of our fellow citizens involved in this incident, providing them with our full support”.
The lack of precise information concerning the incident has left many questions unanswered, and both the French and Algerian governments are expected to conduct thorough investigations to determine the facts surrounding the tragic event.
The incident has raised concerns about the safety and security of French nationals traveling in the region, and it underscores the importance of diplomatic cooperation between France, Morocco, and Algeria in addressing such critical matters. The international community will be closely following the developments in this case as the authorities work to shed light on the circumstances surrounding the death of the French citizen and the imprisonment of the other compatriots in Algeria.