France will declassify archives during Algerian colonisation period

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that that declassification of secret documents related to Algeria’s 1954-62 war of independence from France will  be expedited.  

The French presidency said in a statement that archive services will now be allowed to use a new procedure to declassify documents from 1970 and earlier that were previously being held secret for national security purposes. This includes archives related to Algeria War, the statement said. 

France 24 mentioned that Under French laws, almost all archives of the French state, including on defense and security issues, should be made available to the public after 50 years except information that could compromise some people’s security. Yet a complex and long request process was preventing researchers and academics from working on these archives. 

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