DHAKA: French President Francois Hollande has acknowledged the ‘unjust’ and ‘brutal’ nature of France’s occupation of Algeria for 132 years, but stopped short of apologising for the past as many Algerians have demanded.
On the second day of his state visit to this North African nation, he told the two houses of parliament on Thursday that ‘I recognise the suffering the colonial system has inflicted’ on the Algerian people, reports daily Hurriyet.
He specifically recognised the ‘massacres’ by the French during the seven-year war that led to Algerian independence in 1962.
The Socialist president said at the start of his visit that he and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika are opening a ‘new era’ with a strategic partnership among equals.
BDST: 1556 HRS, DEC 20, 2012
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