“Parliament of President Macron” Is Doing The Opposite Of What Candidate Emmanuel Promised
The unbridled activity of the French National Assembly (Parliament) under President Emmanuel Macron has shown an unprecedented focus on Algeria and on the memory file in particular, such as the Movement of “harkis”, the war veterans and the soldiers in post-independence Algeria, as well as the Jewish and Christian cemeteries, thus giving the stark impression that the “Parliament of President Macron” is doing the contrary of what the presidential candidate Emmanuel promised during his election campaign.
National Assembly deputies began a public debate on Thursday on a proposed law that would make Algeria a military operation zone until July 1964 and officially recognize as war veterans those French troops who worked in Algeria after the Evian agreements.
It should be noted that Algeria has been the subject of 89 parliamentary questions since the beginning of the current session, starting the month of June 2017, until the beginning of April 2018.
Out of the 89 written questions related to Algeria in the French National Assembly, about 75 are related to the memory file, especially the files pertaining to the rebels, the deportees, the black feet, the French soldiers, the revolutionaries, the Evian agreements, the file of the missing, and the Jewish and Christian cemeteries.
The questions included the compensation of French soldiers who were on missions to protect French nuclear facilities in Algeria after independence, and no mention was made for compensations for the Algerian civilians who were the victims of the devastating French nuclear tests conducted in the early 60s in the Sahara with their nefarious persisting until today.
One of the deputies, Louis Alliot, submitted a written question demanding that his Government pressurize Algeria into securing compensations for the French fatalities and the wounded during the Algerian Liberation war as a principle of reciprocity after the decision of the French Constitutional Council to drop French citizenship as a condition for obtaining war reparations.
Of course, since the beginning of the current legislative mandate, the French legislators have submitted 4 proposals for draft laws relating to Algeria and to the burning file of memory, two of which are related to the awarding of the card of bona-fide war veterans to French soldiers who worked in Algeria after the Evian agreements.
Observers note to this effect that the current drive adopted by the French parliament regarding the relationship with Algeria is blatantly running counter to the policy line of French President Emmanuel Macron, who clearly highlighted, when he recently visited Algeria, the need for both sides to resolutely look forward to the future and to turn the page of the somber past so as to serve the interests of the peoples of the two countries.