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'Algerians in France, 1954-1962', a FRANCE 24 documentary

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-10-18

Half a century after French forces pulled out of Algeria, four Algerians living in France at the time talk about their bitter struggle for independence in a FRANCE 24 documentary.

Fifty years have passed since the end of the brutal war that led to Algeria’s independence from France. For the numerous Algerians living in France during the gruesome eight-year conflict (1954-1962), it was a dangerous time of political activism and often bloody repression – and one that has long been hushed up.

In an in-depth report produced in partnership with France’s Cité nationale de l’Histoire de l’immigration, FRANCE 24 journalist Florence Gaillard talks to four Algerian expatriates – two political activists, a cabaret dancer and a witness of the infamous October 1961 Paris massacre – about their exile and the struggle for independence in the former colonial power.

Video: Karim Hakiki

Date created : 2012-10-17

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