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Le Pen: French colonialism was good for Algeria

April 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National (FN) party delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Paris, France on 17 April 2017 [Mustafa Yalçın/Anadolu Agency]

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said on Wednesday that the French colonisation and occupation of Algeria achieved many positive gains for the country, claiming that Algerians with good-will recognise this, Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency reported.

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Speaking to French television channel BFM, Le Pen said that her country did not defend the Algerians who fought for France in the right way. She noted that Algerians who had served French colonialism had been treated badly by forcing them to live in “uninhabitable camps” in France.

Earlier, former French Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron, who is a presidential candidate, said that the French occupation of Algeria is part of French history. Macron, who visit Algeria two months ago, also recognised that the occupation was a “war against humanity.”


Last year, former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, who is also a presidential candidate, said that France had occupied other countries in order to spread French culture, rejecting the notion that it wanted to grab their wealth.

On 23 April, about 47 million French are going to cast their votes in 67,000 polling centres across the country to choose their president from among 11 candidates.