Anger as France slashes visas for Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

France announced on Tuesday it would halve the number of visas available to Moroccans and Algerians, and reduce by a third those available to Tunisians.

It accused the three north African countries of failing to co-operate over the return of their nationals denied visas by France.

Algeria summoned the French ambassador to "formally protest" against the move.

Foreign Minister Amar Belani told the state news agency APS that France's decision was "disproportionate".

Meanwhile, Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita called the decision "unjustified", and said his country "has always acted responsibly on the issue of illegal migration".

There was no immediate word from the Tunisian authorities.

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