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Will France repatriate its collection of 19th century Algerian skulls?

Today we report on a little-known chapter of the French conquest of Algeria: the Algerian fighters shot and beheaded in the mid-19th century for resisting French colonialism. More than 150 years after their deaths, the skulls of these resistance fighters still sit in the vaults of the French National Museum of Natural History in Paris. How did they get there? Will they ever be repatriated to the land they fought and died for? Our team went to find out more.

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A programme prepared by Josh Vardey and Aline Schmidt.

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