France recognises ‘brutal’ colonial past in Algeria

France 24.

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday said he recognized that the “suffering” inflicted on the Algerian people during French colonial rule was “brutal and unfair” – but stopped short of issuing an apology.

Speaking to Algerian lawmakers on the second day of a landmark visit to the former French territory, Hollande said: “For 132 years, what Algeria was subjected to was profoundly brutal and unfair. That system had a name: colonialism. And I recognize here the suffering that colonialism inflicted on the Algerian people.”

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