Fight for justice over African troops shot by French Army

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On December 1st, 1944 dozens, perhaps scores, of African colonial troops who had fought for the Allies during World war II were shot dead by soldiers of the French Army in Senegal. The official story is that these infantrymen and former prisoners of war had staged an armed revolt because they had not been paid. Relatives of those killed or jailed for “rebellion” insist, however, that the French Army committed a massacre. Géraldine Delacroix reports on a recent court case that examined this grim episode in French colonial history.

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To this day no one knows for sure how many died. On December 1st, 1944 dozens, perhaps scores, of African troops who had just returned from Europe where they had been held as prisoners of war by the Germans were gunned down by French soldiers at Thiaroye military camp near Dakar in Senegal.