The May 8 1945 massacres of Sétif and Guelma: France’s crimes against humanity

By Mehdi Lallaoui

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The massacres of Sétif, Guelma and Kheratta are considered by historians to be the very first events of the Algerian war of independence against French rule, which erupted in earnest in 1954 and ended in 1962, when the country became an independent state after 132 years of colonization.