On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron receives the proposals contained in a report by historian Benjamin Stora on colonialism and the Algerian war (1954-1962).
Emmanuel Macron commissioned Benjamin Stora, one of the most prominent experts specializing in modern Algerian history, to prepare an accurate and fair report on what France had accomplished and about the memory of colonialism and the Algerian war that ended in 1962 and is still a very painful episode in the memory of millions of French and Algerian families, in an attempt to break the relationship between France and Algeria. From paralysis caused by lingering memory issues.
Emmanuel Macron, the first French president born after this war, expresses his determination to resolve this extremely complex file and to calm the decades-old volatile relations between the two countries, which are closely linked to history, from the invasion and occupation of Algeria in 1830 to the War of Independence.
In Algeria, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune commissioned the director of the National Archives and his special advisor, Abdel Majid Sheikhi, to work on the memory file, in coordination with Benjamin Stora, in a joint and coordinated approach between the two heads of state.
In an interview with the French newspaper Le Pignon, Tebboune expressed his hope that my Sheikh and Stora would work “in an atmosphere of truth, serenity and tranquility to solve these problems that poison political relations, the business climate and good understanding.”