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Published: 0304 GMT January 20, 2021

Macron rules out official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria

Macron rules out official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria

French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out issuing an official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria, his office said on Wednesday.

There will be “no repentance nor apologies” for the occupation of Algeria or the bloody eight-year war that ended French rule, Macron’s office said, adding that the president would instead take part in “symbolic acts” aimed at promoting reconciliation, reported.

The 1954-62 Algerian war of independence continues to strain relations between the two countries nearly 60 years later.

Macron, the first French president born after the colonial period, has gone further than any of his predecessors in recognizing French crimes in Algeria.

Before his election, in February 2017, Macron acknowledged France’s colonization of Algeria as a “crime against humanity”, in an interview with an Algerian TV channel — a comment that caused a sensation and was criticized by the far right.

Even though it did not include an apology, that comment in 2017 was a startling admission in a country where the colonization of Algeria was long seen as benign and many are opposed to the idea of repentance.

A year later, he acknowledged that France had instigated a system that facilitated torture during the Algerian war, which ended 132 years of French rule.

Algeria still awaits an apology for France’s occupation of the country, according to Press TV.

The French presidency said Macron would participate in three days of commemorations in 2022 marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Algerian war.



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