French President Emmanuel Macron has refused to issue an official apology for abuses in Algeria during French colonial rule, his office informed media on Wednesday.
The president’s office has declared that there will be “no repentance nor apologies” for the occupation of Algeria or the war crimes committed during Algerian independence Movement that ended French rule.
According to the office, the French leader is instead interested in “symbolic acts” aimed at promoting reconciliation as the memories of the 1954-1962 Algerian war of independence continue to strain relations between the two countries even after six decades later.
However, it is believed that Macron administration is somehow more committed towards recognising French crimes in Algeria than the previous governments.
In this regards, Macron has also received a 145-page report he had commissioned from an eminent historian, who was asked to suggest ways of improving France’s fraught relationship with its north African former colony and easing tensions within immigrant communities, THE TIMES reported.
In July 2020, France returned the skulls of 24 anti-colonial fighters to Algeria, who were beheaded during the colonial rule. The skulls had been displayed in Paris museum for decades.
Most of the Western countries(UK, Germany, Belgium etc) have been subjected to criticism for their colonial past.