French President Emmanuel Macron has ruled out the issuance of an apology for the abuses in Algeria committed by the French colonial regime.
There will be “no repentance nor apologies” for the occupation of Algeria or the bloody eight-year war that ended 132 years of French rule, Macron’s office said, adding that the French leader would instead undertake a number of “symbolic acts” aimed at promoting reconciliation.
French rule in Algeria began in 1830 with the invasion of Algiers and lasted until the Algerian War of Independence concluded in 1962. While the administration of Algeria changed significantly over the 132 years of French rule, the Mediterranean coastal region of Algeria, housing the vast majority of its population, was administered as an integral part of France from 1848 until independence . Algeria gained independence following the March 1962 Evian agreements and July 1962 self-determination referendum.