The parties that were and are still obstructing the French authorities’ move towards admitting their barbarous crimes in Algeria moved and became full of anger, after Algeria received the skulls of its lofty martyrs, which had been held in French museums for more than a century and a half.
Marine Le Pen, head of the National Front Party and the leader of the French far-right, seems to have been unable to absorb what is happening in the Algerian-French relations that are beginning to recover, and she is afraid of a possible move by French President Emmanuel Macron, in the hope of removing the clouds that darken the sky of bilateral relations.
“Algerian officials are demanding an apology for the (colonial) past, in order to cover up the present: a devastated economy, marginalized youth, a country in the path of disintegration …”, Le Pen wrote in a tweet on her own account in Twitter, in an attempt to draw the attention of Algerians to other issues far away from the demands of an apology from France.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said in a recent interview with France 24 TV Channel that he wanted an apology from France for its heinous colonial past, which is the pivotal demand agreed upon by most Algerians, as it is an option that cannot be relinquished in exchange for developing bilateral relations.
Le Pen strongly attacked Algerian officials for demanding an apology: “It is time for them to stand on the results of sixty years of independence”, in what appeared to be a desire to create a state of mistrust between the Algerian authorities and the people.
In a previous statement, President Tebboune pointed to what he called nefarious extremist lobbies. He said that they had often strained relations between Algeria and its former colony, and he was implicitly referring to the extreme right, known for its hostility to everything that is Algerian, and it is the media that have interests and ideological alliances with remnants of resentful “Black Feet” or “Pieds Noirs”.
President Tebboune said that what happened regarding the handing over of the skulls of the first Algerian popular resistance fighters who fought bravely French colonialism is “half an apology”, while he expressed his hope that Paris will continue to follow this approach and offer its full apology, while it is rumored that France is not doing what it must do to settle the burning Memory file.
Another requirement for which no progress has been made is the handing over of the Algerian archive that were stolen by Paris. The French historian, Le Grand Maison, who specializes in Algerian-French relations, has confirmed that his country speaks more than it does in terms of memory, and pointed out that the stolen Algerian archives are forbidden to researchers , adding that only some French institutions committed to the obligation of reservations from the police and the army are allowed to handle them, because they are accused of horrendous crimes against humanity during the somber era of repugnant French occupation of Algeria.
One of the most thorny issues that have caused more than one occasion in the poisoning of relations between the two countries, and despite the French President Macron’s description of French colonialism in Algeria as a crime against humanity, when he visited Algeria as a candidate for the 2017 French presidential polls. He was woefully unable to apologize when he became president weeks later.