Algerians who fought for France want recognition
People of Algerian decent known as harkis demonstrate in front of Paris court house Sunday May 12, 2013. Algerians who fought on the side of the French colonial ruler during the brutal independence war and their children -now all French citizens - march in Paris to demand that France officially recognize its responsibility in abandoning the fighters, known as harkis, at the end of the war in 1962. Tens of thousands of harkis left behind at the pullout were massacred by independence fighters. Those who reached France were placed in camps and today often live in precarious conditions. Signs visible in background read: Mr. Hollande Hold Your Word.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:00 am
PARIS (AP) - A group of Algerians who fought for France during Algeria's independence war are demanding that France officially admit that it abandoned them during its retreat in 1962 and is responsible for massacres that followed.
Around 150 people, including former fighters - called harkis - and their descendants, marched in Paris on Sunday to call President Francois Hollande to honor a campaign promise to officially recognize the abandoning of the Algerian contingent, which was some 200,000 strong.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013 12:00 am.