The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has apologized on behalf of his people for not paying their debt of allegiance to the Algerians (Harki) who fought in the ranks of France against their people during the Algerian War of Independence.
Macron, at a reception held at the Elysee Palace met with the Algerians Harki.
In a press conference after the reception, expressing gratitude to those who fought alongside France during the Algerian War of Independence, Macron said: “I apologize to the fighters we abandoned, to the families who were imprisoned.”
Macron said France had failed to repay the debt of loyalty to the Harki fighters, their spouses and children after the Algerian war for independence.
“The dignity of the Harki fighters must be etched in the national memory,” said Macron, who added that within this year they will issue a law through which they will ensure the recognition of the Harki and that they will be given the rights.
In France, from 2003 until today, September 25 is celebrated as a day of remembrance for the Harkis who fought alongside France in the Algerian struggle for independence.
The Harkis, numbering 200,000, provided support to the French army during Algeria’s 1954-1962 war for independence.
Of the hundreds of thousands of Archers who risked their lives for France, only 42,000 of them were evacuated to France by the French army while about 40,000 more Archers arrived in France via illegal routes.
While about 100 thousand Harkis were abandoned in their fate in Algeria.
Former French President François Hollande on September 25, 2016 acknowledged the responsibility of the French governments for abandoning the Harki fighters, for killing those who remained in Algeria and for the inhumane conditions they were forced to experience by those who were evacuated to camps in France .//AA
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