A close-up on: Abd el-Kader

Abd el-Kader is considered to be one of the founders of the modern Algerian state as well as an important figure in east-west rapprochement. At the mid-point of the 19th century, he and Napoleon III were the most important figures in their respective countries, Algeria and France. They were both born in 1808, the former on 6 September and the latter on 20 April. Since 2008 is the bicentenary year of birth, now is a good time to take a look at their relations.