WorldMassacre of October 17, 1961: Macron recognizes France's "inexcusable crimes"

Massacre of October 17, 1961: Macron recognizes France’s “inexcusable crimes”


AA / Nice / Feïza Ben Mohamed

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Saturday to the victims of the October 17, 1961 massacre, in which hundreds of Algerians were killed and thrown into the Seine.

The Head of State acknowledged that “the crimes committed that night under the authority of Maurice Papon are inexcusable for the Republic”.

It is the first time that a French president has paid official tribute to these Algerian victims of repression.

Emmanuel Macron laid a wreath of flowers on the Bezons bridge, which had been used by the demonstrators that terrible evening in October 1961.

“France looks at its entire history with lucidity and recognizes the clearly established responsibilities”, also assured the Elysee in a press release published on Saturday.

The French Presidency recalls that “the repression was brutal, violent, bloody” and that “nearly 12,000 Algerians were arrested and transferred to sorting centers at the Stade de Coubertin, the Palais des sports and other places. In addition to many wounded, several dozen were killed, their bodies thrown into the Seine ”.

“Today, sixty years later, the President of the Republic went to the Bezons bridge, near Nanterre from where many demonstrators left that day, and where bodies were recovered from the Seine” , the statement continued.

Finally, the Elysee believes that this recognition is due by France, “first and foremost to itself, to all those whom the Algerian war and its procession of crimes committed on all sides have wounded in their flesh and soul “, specifying that she” owes it in particular to her youth, so that she is not locked into conflicts of memories and builds, in the respect and recognition of each one, her future “.

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