France urges Algeria to allow free protests
France on Monday called on Algeria to allow anti-government protests, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, to take place freely and without violence.
"What is important in our eyes us is that freedom of expression is respected and that the demonstrations are able to take place freely and without violence," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters.
The United States and Germany on Sunday called for restraint from the Algerian authorities, a day after a massive security operation prevented 2,000 protesters from marching in Algiers.
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