France, Algeria, Emmanuel Macron, Emir Abdelkader, Western Europe

France, Algeria

France justifies non-apology for colonial crimes: 'Repentance is vanity’

France will not repent or apologise for crimes committed in Algeria, says Macron

1/22/2021 12:05:00 AM

France will not repent or apologise for crimes committed in Algeria , says Macron

According to a French minister, apologies and accountability for crimes against humanity are a vain enterprise.

French historian Benjamin Stora submitted a 145-page report to Macron looking at “issues relating to colonisation and the Algerian war,” in a bid to create a shared understanding of what happened in Algeria and France’s role in particular which continues to strain relations with the former colony.

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“The game was rigged from the beginning,” says Yasser Louati, a French human rights defender when asked about Macron’s response to the report.In 2017, Macron admitted that France’s colonial past was a “crime against humanity” but much like the country’s collaboration with Nazi Germany under Vichy rule, coming to terms with the country’s past in Algeria has been a controverisal prospect.

“It comes as a surprise therefore that the commission did not choose two historians one from Algeria and one from France and we see again that the narrative is once again French,” added Louati speaking to TRT World.Benjamin Stora, who led the commission, called for France to recognise it’s past in Algeria but warned against a “

culture of repentance,” which would see Paris apologising for its crimes which could also lead to reparations.Macron is not dealing with France’s past in a “candid” manner, says Louati adding that the president is “postponing the inevitable. One day France will have to apologise.”

“Historians must be given the full reigns to establish the truth or getting close to it and Benjamin Stora has been criticised for putting on the same level France the occupying power and Algerians, the occupied population, who defended themselves against the coloniser,” added Louati.

Anofficialfrom the Macron government has been unequivocal that there “there is no question of repentance. Repentance is vanity,” one said.Some, like French Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer see the dark and sinister influence of the US education system penetrating France which looks at colonialism and race critically. Academics import these dangerous tools of looking at the past have been called “

islamo-leftists” by the education minister.Some French academics have also sought to ward off the apparently dangerous influence of “Anglo-Saxon” ideologies on French campuses expressingsupportof Jean-Michel Blanquer approach.In a list of recommendations of potential “gestures” that could foster reconciliation, the commission recommends that a portrait of Emir Abdelkader, a religious and military figure who fought against the French occupation in the 19th century, be erected on the 60th anniversary of Algeria's independence in 2022.

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In addition it recommends the sword of Abdelkader, stolen by France, be returned to Algeria.Other notable recommendations included recognising France’s role in assassinating important national figures and publishing the names of people that were disappeared and killed by France and their remains never found.

Last year Francereturned24 skulls of men who died fighting French occupation that were being controversially displayed in a museum in Paris as trophies. The macabre display was a recurring source of tension between the countries.Algerians fought an eight year war of independence against France between 1954 and 1962, which resulted in more than 1.5 million Algerians dying. France was ultimately forced to leave, however, since then, relations between the two countries have remained frosty. 

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AbdullaAndalusi No apologise for Samuel either. For some unknown reason I read the tweet as 'says moron' which caught my eye and checked it once again and now it says 'macron' AbdullaAndalusi just a demonstration of their arrogance and ignorance But the same France wants to preach to us about how evil and bad Islamic State are.....hypocrites.

AbdullaAndalusi U see when it comes to human, women,... rights they want to teach us and pretend to be d most decent ppl in d world while they do not even wants t regret d crimes they have committed against Algerian, mali... They don't believe on what they say, never trust these Satans. french criminals

So by logic Algeria should do the same if tik for tak is applied.... Because thats what criminals do. Propaganda well done. It might as well include some facts, though. The cynics among us will of course be casting out minds to the fact there are many pied noir and their descendants in France who largely vote for le Pen.

Best response will be to run (any influence) out of the region. Of course not, because France is still ruling Algeria through its puppets. When Algeria gets its REAL independence, then people like Macron, will have no choice, but to apologize to, and compensate the Algerian people. Macron’s a disgrace and a racist. He acknowledged the fact it was crimes against humanity. However, refuses to apologise because he views them as inferior to the french. He’s a failure and whenever his failing are highlighted, He blames Islam, insults it’s prophet. He’s a fascist

Best friend of the Muslim. Because France think it was not a crime and agerians deserve this. France is still stealing resources of Africa. All knows how you are and your mind set that will never go? More than anything else what I see in Mr Macron's anti Muslim policies is an urge for a Clash of Civilizations which is not due to any proven ideological superiority but perhaps due to being a good salesman of arms sellers who love creating conflicts

Not even Because colonialism never ended. It is still present in different shapes and forms.