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Holland recognizes France's responsibility “in the abandonment of harkis

Holland recognizes France's responsibility “in the abandonment of harkis

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France president Francois Hollande has recognized the ” responsibility of the governments of France in the abandonment of the harkis. Hollande made the recognition in a solemn discourse during the national Day of homage to the harkis.

“I recognize the responsibilities of the governments of France in the abandonment of the harkis, the massacre of those who remained in Algeria and conditions of reception inhumane families moved to the camps in France,” he said.

“When the ceasefire was signed on March 1962, as a result of the Evian agreements, the Harkis, that is to you had confidence in France, because you fought for it and you never imagined that it can abandon you. This is what happened.”

I recognize the responsibilities of the governments of France in the abandonment of the harkis, the massacre of those who remained in Algeria and conditions of reception inhumane families moved to the camps in France

The question of Harkis is the history of relations between France and the men who remained faithful in the war in Algeria. Between 55,000 and 75,000 Veterans, native people were abandoned in Algeria at the end of the war. Men who had suffered reprisals of the new authorities resulting from the conflict.

Although a number had protested, accompanied by many voices on the right, when the head of the state was commemorated this year in the wake of the agreement of Evian, a date they view as symbolic of their abandonment.

The recognition of the responsibility of France in the abandonment of Harkis had already been made by the former-President Nicolas Sarkozy. It was done four years ago, eight days before the first round of the presidential election.

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