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France Admits Algeria War 'System' Led to Torture


Mohamed Zerari - AFP

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 19:37 GMT

France admitted Thursday using a "system" that led to torture during Algeria's independence war, a conflict always seen as sensitive 60 years on, reports AFP.

President Emmanuel Macron is expected to acknowledge that mathematician Maurice Audin, a Communist pro-independence activist who went missing in 1957, "died under torture stemming from the system instigated while Algeria was part of France", his office said.

Macron, who will pay a visit to Audin's widow later Thursday, will announce "the opening of archives on the subject of disappeared civilians and soldiers, both French and Algerian".

During the 1954-62 war, which claimed some 1.5 million Algerian lives, French used brutal force to crack hunt down independence fighters in the colony ruled by Paris for 130 years.

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