Paris-President Emmanuel Macron pursues an attempt to solve some of his country’s most painful colonial heritage, and today France abandons the hundreds of thousands of Algerian Arabs who fought on the French side in Algeria. Asked for “forgiveness” on behalf of. War of independence.
At the end of the eight-year war of 1962, more than 200,000 Algerians on the side of the French army showed that France would take care of them, but were abandoned by their destiny. Many were tortured and slaughtered by Algerian authorities after the war, which was characterized by peculiar atrocities.
Algeria’s anger at the French-known “Harquis” was so deep that even when he visited Paris in 2000, Algeria’s former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika compared them to Nazi collaborators.
Approximately 90,000 Archi, considered traitors of their hometown, managed to escape to France. The same was true for the approximately 800,000 “Pie-Noir”, French Algerians of European descent, who received a hostile welcome. They reminded me of the lost war. Former President Charles de Gaulle, who ended the war, rejected them. An unwelcome stranger, Haruki was often taken to camp with his family in horrific situations.
“I’m asking for forgiveness. Mr Macron told the ceremony at the Elysee Palace. France” couldn’t fulfill its obligations, “he told about 300 Haruki and his family. “I would like to thank the fighters.”
The president, who faces elections in more than half a year, said his government would draft a law to provide “compensation” to Haruki. This corresponds to the formal recognition of state liability first accepted by former President Francois Hollande.
Archi’s organization said that only such a law could put an end to “a 60 years of hypocrisy.”
Macron, 43, was the first French president to be born after the Algerian War of Independence. He has taken several steps to shed light on the painful chapters of French history, including the widespread use of torture and the brutal killing of Algerian influential lawyer Ali Boumenger. rice field. France claimed to have committed suicide for decades.
The Algerian War, which fought between 1954 and 1962 after 132 years of French colonization, killed 500,000 people according to France and 1.5 million people according to Algeria. It split France into a fiercely opposed faction and threatened to destroy the country, with the roar of a 1958 military coup and a 1961 attempted coup.
The Peace Agreement was signed on March 18, 1962 and was overwhelmingly approved by French voters, paving the way for Algeria’s independence.
The report on the war commissioned by Mr Macron led to the establishment of the Memory and Truth Commission in an attempt to heal some of the permanent wounds. However, Algeria’s call for a formal French apology has not been met. “There is no repentance or apology,” Macron claimed.
The demand for forgiveness came very close to repentance, but of course it was directed to the Algerians who fought on the French side.
The 60th anniversary of the end of the war is scheduled for March next year, one month before the first round of the presidential election. Prior to that, Macron was determined to advance Franco Algeria’s quest for reconciliation, partly to confront Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigrant challenges. In the past, Harkis has been a strong supporter of her right-wing National Rally, formerly the National Front.