DIRECT. Commemoration of the massacre of October 17, 1961: Emmanuel Macron prepares to recognize “an indisputable truth”

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He will be the “first [président] of the Fifth Republic to visit a place of remembrance ” the massacre of Algerians on October 17, 1961 in Paris. Emmanuel Macron is preparing to recognize Saturday, October 16 “an indisputable truth” during the official ceremony for the 60th anniversary of this massacre. The Head of State wishes to go further than “bloody repression” admitted by his predecessor, François Hollande, in 2012, said the Elysee. Historians argue that this repression caused at least several dozen deaths or even 200 deaths according to some estimates. Follow our live.

An exchange with the relatives of the victims. The Head of State will lay a wreath in the middle of the afternoon on the banks of the Seine, near the Pont de Bezons in Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) borrowed 60 years ago by Algerian demonstrators. During the ceremony, Emmanuel Macron will respect a minute of silence, will meet with the relatives of the victims. At the end of the ceremony, a text will be broadcast “in the form of a press release which will indicate precisely what will be the meaning and scope of this recognition”, advances the Elysee.

New stage of the memorial site on the Algerian war. After the submission in January of the report by historian Benjamin Stora on colonization and the Algerian war (1954-62), the Head of State pledged to participate “three commemorative and emblematic days” : the first took place around September 25, national day of homage to the Harkis, the second this Saturday and the third on March 19 for the 60th anniversary of the Evian Accords which ended the Algerian War.

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Commemorations also planned for Sunday. A number of commemorative events are planned for Sunday in Seine-Saint-Denis, including Bagnolet, Montreuil, Noisy-le-Sec where a poster by the artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, representing the hands of a drowned man and bearing the words “a state crime, Paris on October 17, 1961”, must be installed Sunday on the facade of a building.

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