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Algerian war: Macron will make a gesture towards returnees
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Algerian war: Macron will make a gesture towards returnees
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Emmanuel Macron will carry “a word of gratitude” during a meeting, this Wednesday at the Elysée, with associations of repatriates from Algeria, commonly called the “pieds-noirs”, indicated, this Tuesday, the French presidency . “One of the highlights of the President of the Republic’s remarks will revolve around what happened on March 26 in Algiers, rue d’Isly,” added the presidency, without further details.
A week after the signing of the Evian Accords and the ceasefire, on March 19, 1962, in Algeria, civilian demonstrators in favor of French Algeria who were trying to force their way through the Bab El-Oued district, in the center of Algiers, were machine-gunned at a roadblock held by the French army. The shooting, which lasted more than a quarter of an hour, caused, according to various sources, at least fifty deaths, all civilians, among the demonstrators. The shooting in the rue d’Isly marked the beginning of the mass exodus of Pieds-noirs from Algeria.

Series of Memorial Acts

This “recognition” is part of a series of memorial acts, since the beginning of the five-year term and as we approach the 60th anniversary of the end of the Algerian war with the Évian Accords and then the independence of this country. , July 5, 1962.

On September 14, 2018, Emmanuel Macron acknowledged, “in the name of the French Republic”, that the young communist mathematician Maurice Audin had been “tortured to death, or tortured and then executed by the French army” in 1957.
On March 3, 2021, he acknowledged that the nationalist lawyer Ali Boumendjel had been “tortured and murdered” on March 23, 1957 by the French army, contradicting the initial version of a suicide.
On September 20, 2021, the Head of State asked “forgiveness” to the harkis, Algerian auxiliaries to the French army, who were “abandoned” by France. A bill, recording this “pardon” and attempting to “repair” the damage suffered, is currently being examined in Parliament and should be adopted by the end of February.
Emmanuel Macron also denounced “inexcusable crimes for the Republic” during the 60th anniversary of the massacre by the French police of Algerian demonstrators on October 17, 1961 in Paris.

Alexandre Arcadi, Françoise Fabian… but not Enrico Macias

“The objective remains the same, to ultimately build a peaceful, shared memory, common to all that have been until then the memories linked to the Algerian war and to colonization”, by recognizing the “singularity of each “, underlined the Elysée.
In addition to the representatives of associations, artists “pieds-noirs”, including the director Alexandre Arcadi and the actress Françoise Fabian, are expected at 3 p.m. at the Élysée. The emblematic singer Enrico Macias, also invited, will not be able to be present this Wednesday in Paris.
Relations have remained complicated between the executive and the returnees since Emmanuel Macron described colonization as a “crime against humanity” during a trip to Algiers in 2017.
Many associations are calling for these remarks to be withdrawn and one of them, Le Cercle Algerianiste, has declined the invitation to the Élysée Palace as long as this is not the case. The Elysée, for its part, refutes the accusations of electoral aims with these various memorial gestures as the April presidential election approaches.
Memory exchanges, on the other hand, remain at a standstill with Algeria. “France has made a number of gestures. The hand is still outstretched and the president is waiting for someone to take it,” observes the Élysée.

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