Macron heckled asking Algerian veterans for forgiveness

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President Macron has asked Algerians who fought for France during Algeria's war of independence for forgiveness. reports that he was heckled as he admitted France had failed in its duty to the group - known as the Harkis.

Many lived in poor conditions behind barbed fenced wires after the government refused to recognise their rights to stay in France.

Those remaining in Algeria faced savage reprisals as collaborators.

Speaking to an audience of Harkis and their descendants in Paris, Mr Macron promised legislation on reparations as well as a monument.

"In the name of France, I say to the Harkis and their children in a loud and solemn voice, that the Republic has contracted a debt towards them. To the combatants, I wish to express our gratitude.

"We will not forget. To the abandoned combatants, to their families who suffered the camps, the prison, the denial, I ask forgiveness, we will not forget."

2021.09.21 / 10:58
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