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  • Judi Lynn (12208 posts)

    France's Macron admits system of torture during Algeria war

    France’s Macron admits system of torture during Algeria war
    Elaine Ganley, Associated Press
    Updated 12:47 pm CDT, Thursday, September 13, 2018

    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday formally recognized the responsibility of the French state in the death of a dissident mathematician in Algeria in 1957, admitting for the first time the French military’s “system” that included torture during Algeria’s independence war.

    Macron visited on Thursday the 87-year-old widow of Maurice Audin, a French anti-colonial activist who disappeared from his Algiers home after his arrest. He asked for her pardon, announced the opening of French archives on the disappeared and expressed hope a new era would dawn for often-bitter French-Algerian relations.

    Audin, a French communist mathematician, was arrested in 1957 by the French military during the battle of Algiers. His body has never been recovered, but historians widely believe he was tortured — which Macron acknowledged, a major break with France’s official version of the war.

    “The only thing I am doing is to acknowledge the truth,” Macron told Josette Audin.

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  • Jan Boehmermann (6057 posts)

    1. I think this has been known for quite a while!

    The movie “The Battle of Algiers” showed it back in 1966.

    • Coldmountaintrail (9409 posts)

      2. agreed. you'd have to have been in a crypt somewhere to not have known,

      at least in Europe and the ME.

      they always admit to it long after it’s too late to do jackshit about it.  as in this case, admitting it to the widow decades after the fact

      ‘oh, thanks guys’

  • snot (1477 posts)

    3. Without whistleblowers and Wikileaks to publish them,

    we have to wait 50 years and more for governments to acknowledge their predecessors’ crimes – we wait, of course, until it’s too late to blame anyone currently in charge, or to call to account any of the individuals who were actually involved.

    https://www.battleforthenet.com/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1% “To Do” list:

    1.  Control banking; 2.  Control communications (including “news” media); 3.  Control the government; 4.  Control education ; ....