French President Francois Hollande, left and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika exchange signed contracts in Algiers, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Commercial contracts, particularly

 

              French President Francois Hollande, left and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika exchange signed contracts in Algiers, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Commercial contracts,  particularly
French President Francois Hollande, left and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika exchange signed contracts in Algiers, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Commercial contracts, particularly in the food and agriculture areas, were signed along with an agreement to an assembly plant of Renault vehicles, near Oran, Algeria. Hollande arrived Wednesday on a state visit to Algeria, hoping for a clean start in relations after a half-century of tensions with this North Africa nation, once the French empire's most prized colony. (AP Photo/Djarboub Sidali )