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Thousands of Algerians protesting in Paris reject new term for Bouteflika

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Published on March 10, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Thousands of Algerians protesting in Paris reject new term for Bouteflika

Police say up to 10,000 people were at the demonstration, adding to protests in Algeria against the country's president announcing he'll run for a fifth term.

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Thousands of Algerians protesting in Paris reject new term for Bouteflika

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Algerians in Paris protested in their thousands on Sunday (March 10) in support of mass demonstrations at home which are seeking to topple ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

The police said up to 10,000 people gathered in the Place de la Republique in the east of the French capital, clambering on its monumental statue and singing songs calling on the 82-year-old president to go.

Former colonial power France is home to more than 4 million people of Algerian origin but the government has so far reacted cautiously to avoid being accused of interference, diplomats say.

Bouteflika returned home on Sunday Ennahar TV said, after spending two weeks in a Swiss hospital while mass protests against his candidacy in April's election continue.

Young Algerians particularly are desperate for jobs and angry about unemployment, corruption and an elderly elite in the North African country, a major oil and gas producer.

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