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France to lift lid on secret archives detailing bloody Algeria war

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By Juliette Jabkhiro PARIS (Reuters) – France announced on Friday that it will soon open to the public the most highly classified parts of its national archives about the Algerian war of independence, shedding light on some of the darkest chapters in France’s 20th century history. Between 1954 and 1962, France waged a war against an independence movement in its then colony. Hundreds of thousands of Algerians were killed, and French forces and their proxies used torture against opponents, according to historians. “We need to have the courage to look the historical truth in the face,” French Cul…

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