First, some explanations:
The acronym FNACA stands for Féderation Nationale des Anciens Combattants en Algérie (National Federation of Algerian War Veterans).
The acronym PACA refers to the region of Provence-Alpes Maritimes-Côte-d'Azur.
March 19, 1962 is celebrated by the Left in France as a victory, and as a day of shame by the French patriots who fought to keep Algeria French.
Harkis are Algerians who fought on the side of the French patriots.
Pieds-noirs are Frenchmen and other Europeans who had to flee Algeria and return to the mainland. They and the Harkis were received with hostility by both people and government of France.
The Front National has consistently opposed subsidies from the regional council to the left-leaning FNACA. The following letter (in italics) from Jean-Marie Le Pen, a regional councillor from PACA, has been refused publication several times by regional council president Michel Vauzelle. From Nations Presse:
The cease-fire of March 19, 1962 was to allow the end of hostilities in the French departments of Algeria. This date marks, in fact, the multiplication of massacres: between March 19 and the summer of '62, more civilians were assassinated than during the eight years of the war! Thousands of Europeans and tens of thousands of Harkis perished tortured, mutilated, beheaded for having chosen France instead of terrorism.
Despite that, the regional executives regularly subsidize associations such as the FNACA that, de facto, approve of those crimes when they celebrate March 19, 1962.
The Front National demands that no national or local authority participate officially in any celebration of this date when our compatriots, having no other choice but to pack their bags or be killed, fled en masse: a million refugees landed in PACA, in Marseille and Nice.
Note: He does not call them "refugees", but "repatriated persons" ("rapatriés").
How can we forget the orders to the Army not to intervene in the massacres of Europeans and patriotic Muslims?
How can we forget the behavior of certain dockers of the CGT (labor union) who threw into the sea the few belongings that these unfortunate people had been able to salvage when they fled?
How can we forget the remarks made by the Socialist mayor of Marseille (Gaston Deferre) who declared that "the Pieds-noirs should go re-adapt somewhere else"? These are the very Socialists who today have been welcoming all the immigrant populations.
Today, the representatives of the UMPS (UMP + PS, the two ruling parties) are fostering the implantation in the PACA region of individuals whose hatred of France all too often explodes in broad daylight, burning the French tricolor, hissing the Marseillaise, insulting and attacking those whose only crime, in their eyes, is to be French.
Those who forget their past are condemned to relive it. Half a century after these events, we are the only ones who have not forgotten…
Jean-Marie Le Pen then reviews the denial of the facts in his letter - Michel Vauzelle has refused to accept the terms "tortured, mutilated, beheaded". He has refused the references to the "CGT" and to the "Socialist" mayor.
Le Pen goes on:
Are the heirs of Socialism and Communism, as of Gaullism, ashamed of their past? Apparently… and it's understandable: the Harkis were indeed "tortured, mutilated, beheaded" but also, it is true, they were boiled, executed or burned alive… the dockers in question were members of the CGT, one could say Communists (but it's a bit less precise) and Gaston Deferre was indeed a Socialist, unless Vauzelle wishes to object to that…
Jean-Marie Le Pen urges the censors to open the History books! (…)
Jean-Marie Le Pen is filing an appeal before the Administrative Tribunal on behalf of the 23% of voters in the PACA region who have shown their faith in him so that they may be allowed to have representatives who are free to express themselves.
And he urges all Frenchmen who love Freedom to vote on April 22 for Marine Le Pen, the only one capable of protecting our hard-won freedoms.
Against the Thought Police. For Freedom. This Sunday, for Marine. Not one vote should be missing!
Off-topic note: I must add that Jean-Marie Le Pen could not let his daughter get away with a perfect night Tuesday at the Zénith theater in Paris. He was quoted as saying that the rally on Sunday at place de la Concorde in Paris, organized by and for Nicolas Sarkozy, looked like "Nuremberg". He then associated the initials "NS" with "National Socialism". Marine had to keep her cool when asked about it and wondered ironically why the press was spending so much time on such "a fundamental question."
He never stops.
Labels: Algeria, History, Intellectual Terrorism, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marseilles