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France says confident Algeria's democratic transition can continue

People celebrate on the streets after Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has submitted his resignation, in Algiers, Algeria April 2, 2019

France's foreign minister said he was confident Algerians would continue their democratic transition in a "calm and responsible" way after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his resignation on Tuesday.

"This is an important page in the history of Algeria that turns," Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement. "We are confident in the ability of allAlgerians to continue this democratic transition in the same spirit of calm and responsibility."