Tuesday, February 23, 2021

French President Macron meets with his Algerian counterpart, Tabbun


In a statement made by the Elysee Palace, it was stated in yesterday’s meeting that Macron agreed with his Algerian counterpart to increase the cooperation between the two countries.

In the statement that Macron conveyed to Tabbun his satisfaction with the reforms put into effect in Algeria, it was noted that the two leaders discussed the epidemic situation in France and Algeria.

In the statement, it was noted that Macron and Tabbun discussed the French historian Benjamin Stora’s report on the history of the Algerian War and colonialism.

COLOGNE BETWEEN TWO COUNTRIES

President Macron’s report on the colonial period in Algeria, which started in 1830 and ended in 1966, by the historian Stora, brought the colonial debate between the two countries on the agenda again.

According to the report, France conducted 17 separate nuclear tests on Algerian soil and the mines and explosives laid by the French forces on these lands cost the lives of thousands of Algerians.

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On the other hand, the news in the French press that Macron would not apologize on this issue was met with reaction in Algeria.

Algeria, which constitutes the most recent and bloodiest example of the colonial history of France in the African continent, started the struggle for independence in 1954.

While Algeria was accepted as one of the countries that paid the heaviest price for this cause with its 8-year struggle for independence, the great suffering was written in history as the “black mark” left by France while withdrawing from Africa.

Approximately 1.5 million Algerians died and millions of people were displaced in the country’s inhumane war.



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