France will formally recognize the French military’s systemic use of torture in the Algerian War of the 1950s and 60s, writes ⁦⁩.
Good: #France’s Macron admits to military’s systematic use of torture in Algeria war
An interesting development, and one that shows how politics have shifted in France regarding the memory of the war. The big question now is what archives exactly will be opened, given that many already are.
“It was nonetheless made possible by a legally instituted system: the ‘arrest-detention’ system, set up under the special powers that [had] been entrusted by law to the armed forces at that time”
Algeria was the jewel in the crown of France's colonial empire and the French military stopped at nothing to crush its struggle for independence.
Overdue but still welcome.
France’s Macron admits to military’s systematic use of torture in Algeria war