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French foreign minister dozes off in meeting

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French foreign minister dozes off in meeting
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius dozing off in a business meeting in Algiers. Photo: Screengrab BFMTV

We've all dozed off in meetings before, but unlike the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was struggling to stay awake during a business meeting in Algeria, there are not normally TV cameras in the room.

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius nodded off during a business meeting in Algiers, with his drooping head caught on camera and going viral on social media.

The scene, broadcast by Algeria's pro-regime television channel En-Nahar and lasting 75 sleepy seconds, shows France's top diplomat dozing off, re-awakening, smiling and then falling back to sleep several times.

The incident took place on Monday morning, when Fabius and Algerian Industry Minister Abdesselam Bouchouareb, seated to his left, were taking questions from Algerian businessmen at a meeting in the capital.

Fabius was on a two-day visit to the former French colony which he wrapped up after the meeting.

Before he left, as if to dispel any doubt about French interest in Algeria, he insisted at a news conference that France wanted to remain the country's top economic partner.

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