French journalist Aphatie stated that the colonization of Algeria by France should be evaluated separately from other colonial histories and said, “What France did in Algeria for 130 years is a word of shame.” said.
“Occupation, colonization and war are three good reasons for us to apologize to the Algerians today. France is a single word of embarrassment for 130 years in Algeria,” French journalist Jean Michel Aphatie said about the debates on France’s apology to Algeria, which has been exploited. said.
In the program he participated in on France 5 television, Aphatie stated that the colonization of Algeria by France should be evaluated separately from other colonial histories.
Aphatie pointed out that the reason why the French troops invaded Algeria’s current capital, Algeria in 1830, had no basis for the reason that “there were Algerian pirate ships” and that the invasion was purely for the purpose of gaining power in domestic politics.
Stating that a country called “Algeria” emerged with the invasion of France, Aphatie said, “During the occupation of these lands, the French army showed a brutality that even shuddered Europe. British, German and French newspapers in 1854 stated that the attitude and behavior of the French army against Muslims was barbaric. conveys that. ” He spoke in the form.
Moreover, Aphatie said in a report by French historian Alexis de Tocqueville on Algeria that the French admitted that they made Algerian Muslims “a miserable, disorganized and ignorant society”.
“We martyred a whole people in their own lands for a century”
“We martyred a whole people in their own lands for a century.” Using the expression, Aphatie explained that the colonial period started after the occupation and that the French passed laws that would expropriate the fields of Muslims who had been living in those lands for years.
Underlining that the French army signed the “unprecedented barbarism” by loading those who resisted the occupation in Algeria and throwing them into the sea, and that France used the same napalm type chemical weapons used in Vietnam in Vietnam, Aphatie said that this was the French fighter pilot Germin Chambost. He stated that it was recorded as his confession that he made years later.
Confessions of the French pilot
In the recording of the fighter pilot’s confessions published on the program, Chambost said, “I remember we were throwing barrels from the plane. It was forbidden to use the word ‘napalm’ on the aircraft frequency. We used to say ‘special barrels’. I bombed the coordinates requested from me. I saw someone running on fire while passing by. I burned a man. Yes. we burned them. ” It was seen that he used the expression.
Speaking again after the images of confession, Aphatie said, “Occupation, colonization and war are three good reasons for us to apologize to Algerians today. The French did in Algeria for 130 years is a single word of embarrassment.” found the assessment.
France is unwilling to apologize despite archive documents
The report on the colonial history of France and the Algerian war, presented by the French historian Benjamin Stora to President Emmanuel Macron, includes the information that France conducted 17 nuclear and chemical weapons tests here.
According to the news that the French press based on Elysee Palace sources, Macron does not intend to apologize to Algeria despite all the records and documents presented.
On the other hand, Algeria reported that it expects France to apologize for its colonial occupation past.
“We have already received half an apology from France.” President of Algeria Abdulmecid Tebbun stated that after the apology, the next steps should be taken.