🇫🇷 Can France heal the wounds of its colonial past l Inside Story

September 15, 2018 6:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s an admission of guilt that’s been shrouded in secrecy and denial for around 60 years.
But this week, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged for the first time the widespread use of torture during Algeria’s war of independence.
Algeria was a French colony for 132 years – until 1962.
During eight years of fighting which started in 1954, the Algerian government says more than a million Algerians were killed.
France says 400,000 were killed on both sides
French colonial rulers censored newspapers, books and films which alleged the use of torture.
And after the war, atrocities committed by French troops remained a taboo subject in France.
Does Emmanuel Macron’s recognition of what he calls crimes against humanity change anything?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Victoria Fontan – Visiting professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Duhok, Iraq
Adama Gaye – Political analyst & ECOWAS Former Director of Information

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