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Algeria bans French military planes from its airspace

The Algerian government has banned French military planes from its airspace, the French army says, amid a diplomatic crisis sparked by a visa row and reported critical comments from French President Emmanuel Macron.

France’s jets regularly fly over Algerian territory to reach the Sahel region of western Africa, where its soldiers are helping to battle jihadist insurgents as part of its Barkhane operation.

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