March 03, 2019
Stephane de Sakutin, AFP | A protester holds up the Algerian flag during a rally against the Algerian president’s bid for a fifth term in office on February 24, 2019 at the Place de la République in Paris.
FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP
Algerians in Paris are gathering Sunday to protest against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fifth term in office.
The rally comes as Algeria’s deadline for candidates to file an application for the April 18 presidential election expires on March 3 at midnight. Hundreds of thousands of protesters across Algeria took to the streets on Friday in an exceptional popular challenge to the country’s secretive leadership.
Opponents say Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke in 2013 and has been seen in public only a few times since, is no longer fit to lead the North African country. He is currently undergoing medical checks in Switzerland.
The mass protests in Algeria have triggered a show of solidarity in France, which has a large Algerian population.
On Saturday, a rally organised by Bouteflika supporters in central Paris drew only about thirty people.