Algiers - Algeria's veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika travelled to France on Thursday for "regular medical tests", his office announced.
It said in a statement that Bouteflika, 78, was making "a short, private visit during which he will undergo regular medical tests by his doctors".
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Bouteflika has ruled the oil-rich North African state since 1999, but concerns have been growing over how much longer he can stay in power.
He won re-election last year but appeared only once during the campaign, in a wheelchair after suffering a stroke in 2013.