Tens of thousands of Algerian fighters, known as Harkis, were killed after the French withdrew their support in their fight for independence. Francois Hollande said, he recognised the responsibility of the French government in abandoning the Harkis and the massacres of those remaining in Algeria and the inhuman conditions of those who were transferred to France… On the other hand in 1999 former president Jacques Chirac also acknowledged that the eight-year combat that ended the 132 years of French rule in Algeria was a war.
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