Why colonialisation remains a political hot potato in France


Following the controversy stirred by French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's comments last week that France's 1830-1962 period of colonial rule in Algeria was 'a crime against humanity', FRANCE 24 turned to historian Pascal Blanchard to explain the reasons for why the topic still arouses such heated tensions.  

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After centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron sparked uproar among some suring the week when described the French colonial period in Algeria as a “crime against humanity,” FRANCE 24 interviewed historian Pascal Blanchard about why the issue remains such a controversial one in France.