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On visit to Algeria, France’s Macron advances post-colonial reconciliation

The presidents of France and Algeria signed Aug. 27 a pact for a new partnership between the two countries, announcing the setting up of a joint historian commission to explore the colonial period, alleged French crimes and the bloody eight-year independence war.
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune attend a signing ceremony in the pavilion of honor at Algiers airport, Algiers, Algeria, Aug. 27, 2022.

PARIS — The three-day visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Algeria keeps revibrating in both countries, generating both acclaims and criticism. Some Algerians slammed Macron for not apologizing directly over the colonial period and French crimes during the Algerian independence war, while French far-right politicians accuse Macron of humiliating France. 

On July 5, Algeria celebrated 60 years of independence after more than a century of French colonial rule. Since taking office, Macron has sought for his country to confront its colonial past in Africa in general, and Algeria in particular. Still, statements he made last year generated a diplomatic crisis with Algiers, when Macron questioned Algeria's existence as a nation before the French colonialism and accused the Algerian government of fomenting hatred toward France. 

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