(AP) French President Francois Hollande says he wants to open a new era with Algeria, once the former French colonial empire's prized colony, and form a strategic partnership among equals.
Hollande said at a news conference Wednesday, the first day of his state visit to the North African nation, that the new era will allow France and Algeria to not only turn a page but to write so many others.
He officially announced an accord for the French automaker Renault to build a factory in Algeria with cars destined for all of Africa. Details were not immediately available.
The Socialist president's visit comes as Algeria celebrates 50 years of independence from France.
Ganley reported from Paris. Sylvie Corbet in Paris contributed to this report.