Algérie – France : Laurent Fabius à Alger pour deux jours de visite officielle | Jeuneafrique.com – le premier site d’information et d’actualité sur l’Afrique

Algérie – France : Laurent Fabius à Alger pour deux jours de visite officielle | Jeuneafrique.com – le premier site d’information et d’actualité sur l’Afrique.

une normalisation des relations entre la France et l’Algérie.  Il est enfin question d’amitié entre les deux pays en des termes qui dépassent le simple communiqué politique de rigueur et font preuve d’une réelle sincérité.

A mettre en parallèle avec:

http://www.nessnews.com/choc-buzz/dans-une-exposition-l-armee-francais-reconnait-ses-crimes-commis-en-algerie-2299

Autre article très intéressant et très mesuré qui, à juste titre, loue les mérites d’une exposition qui recherche l’honnêteté.   Elle montre que l’importance de toute vérité est de permettre de construire l’avenir sur des bases saines en tenant compte d’une multitude de points de vues afin de retracer la complexité historique de cette époque.

je ne veux pas formuler de conclusion béatement optimiste mais il me semble que les relations franco-Algériennes sortent de l’immobilisme.

 

Bien sûr, il est un peu triste que l’Algérie puisse être considérée comme “l’ennemi” par quelques irréductibles (dans le deuxième article) mais cela montre simplement qu’il y a de grans mouvements en avant et des combats d’arrière garde

I recently met a Algerian activist who lives in London.  He has started an association and militates for (more) democracy in Algeria and free elections.  He is a great guy who believes in his country.  He is interested in all these topics that relate to the common identity and history between Algeria and France.

He has written a great article about the Algerian elections published in opendemocracy.net.

http://www.opendemocracy.net/hamza-hamouchene/algeria-and-arab-spring

 I specially like the way he develops his ideas around stereotyping and democracy.  Arab nations are often perceived by the West as being unable, because of their arab-ness, if such a word exist, to access democracy.  This contemptuous attitude is very rarely challenged and it is one of the unequivocal virtues of this article that it addresses it and uses it as a background for his description of the Arab Spring.
He speaks of Algeria with fervour and really manages to engage the reader and make him understand the political situation.   I specially
like the sentence: “Algeria is fine, we don’t need to go down the route of the Libyan disaster, and we don’t want the France we expelled
in 1962 to come back to our country”.

 

It puts the problem of democracy within a larger historical context and rightly alludes to the ghost of colonialism, which didn’t promote democracy in the
country when it could.  To go back to the beginning of the article, I specially like the expression “walk like an Egyptian”.

In 1830, The French invaded Algeria and colonisation began with settlers from France but also Spain, Malta, Italy, attracted by the prospect of a new life.  This diverse group of migrants acquired French nationality and became known as the Pieds Noirs.  Algeria became part of France and the Algerians became second-class non-citizens in their own country.

In 1962, Algeria won its independence after a long and brutal war.  The Pieds Noirs fled on mass, mainly to France, which viewed them as an unwelcome immigrant community.  The Algerians were left in a country in tatters and rife with political instability.

To this day, biased historical positions, distrust and enmity are still the norm.  The relationship between the two countries is tainted by conflicting historical views about their common history, mutual resentment and lack of dialogue.

Hopefully, this blog will contribute to the wider emerging interest in post-colonialism artistic dialogue increasingly taking place between France and Algeria include the pied Noir community in this attempt and work toward a better understanding between people.