France Will NOT Apologize for Colonial Rule in Algeria

What better way is there to kick off the week than with comedic narcissism.

According to the Independent and Aljazeera, France wants to take steps in reconciling the relationship with North African country Algeria for their colonial rule, but French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out issuing an official apology. In reference to the eight-year Algerian war for independence, lasting from 1954-1962, French officials advised that there will be “no repentance nor apologies.” There will instead be “symbolic acts” aimed at promoting reconciliation.

President Macron has acknowledged the French military’s use of torture during the Algerian war and called the 132-year colonization of Algeria a “crime against humanity.” But an apology is out of the question.

The French President stated the following:

“I don’t know if a speech of official apology will be enough to appease wounded memories.”

“In my opinion, it is above all important to improve knowledge of what the colonial system was, its daily reality and its ideological goals and how some in Algeria and France have resisted this system of domination.”

His comments didn’t surprise me at all, but I am questioning why an apology would suffice instead of resources.

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Until Next Time…


Photo Credit: The Economic Times

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