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Ex-minister sued over Algeria war

One of the last surviving members of the government of French President Charles de Gaulle is being sued over the deaths of thousands of Algerians. A lawsuit being filed in Paris on Tuesday alleges that, in a deliberately racist policy, white settlers were evacuated and pro-French Algerians were abandoned to their fate as the independence war drew to a close. Tens of thousands of them died in the brutal reprisals which followed at the hands of the victorious Algerian National Liberation Front. Now, 87-year-old former armed forces minister Pierre Messmer is being sued over the deaths by representatives of the pro-French Algerians, known as “harkis”. Full Story

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