FRANCE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES USE OF TORTURE AGAINST ACTIVIST
Last Updated: 2018-09-14
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PARIS, Sept 14 (NNN-APS) -- France has officially recognized its systemic use of torture during the Algerian national liberation war.

In a communiqué issued here Thursday, the Presidency announced that President Emmanuel Macron is willing to recognize that activist Maurice Audin, who disappeared in June 1957, was "dead under the torture used then in Algeria by France".

The Elysée Palace added that the French Head of the State would hand over a declaration to this effect to Audin’s widow and would announce the "opening of the archives on the issue of the Algerian and French missing civilians and soldiers".

In Algiers, the Algerian Minister of Mujahedeen, Tayeb Zitouni, described the move by Macron as "laudable and positive".

He welcomed the French president's recognition of France’s responsibility in the torture of Audin, a French activist who championed Algeria's struggle for an end to French colonial rule. -- NNN-APS