François Hollande in Algeria
In the days preceding Christmas François Hollande made a trip to Algeria for the purpose of telling the "truth". Le Figaro reported his words:
" (…) I have not come to repent or to make excuses. I have come to tell the truth, to tell History. Truth about the past, truth about colonization, truth about the war and its dramas, its tragedies, truth about the wounded memories," declared the president during a press conference in Algiers. "There is a truth about the past and there is above all a desire to speak of the future. And my trip is about the future, it is about mobilizing our two societies. (…) But at the same time, there is a desire that the past not prevent us from doing the work of the future, on the contrary. The past, once it is known, must allow us to move more quickly and further in the preparation of the future." (…)
What did Hollande actually say, when he addressed the Algerian Parliament the next day? It seems he turned the word "truth" into a synonym for "repentance".
Guy Millière, a well-known French conservative writer, who has long been a critic of all Socialist policies, and who stood by George Bush in his Iraqi adventure (though I don't know how he feels about it today), has written an article, posted at Dreuze.info, denouncing François Hollande's mission to Algeria. Here are excerpts:
(…) There was a time when a French president visiting a non-democratic country showed a minimum of restraint. Clearly this is no longer the case. The Algerian regime suddenly seems impeccable. François Hollande is not the first to conduct himself in this way in Algeria, but he did it with more insistence, as if France were almost reduced to begging and needed, through her president, to publicly humiliate herself.
François Hollande said he did not want to talk about repentance or to make excuses for France's past: he did worse. He treated the past as if it had been re-written by a low-level propagandist. (…)
He dared speak of "the suffering that colonization inflicted on the Algerian people." Does he know what Algeria was before France arrived? Does he know, since they are in part his sources of inspiration, what Marx and Engels wrote concerning the barbarity of North Africa at the time colonization began? Does he know anything about the acts of piracy committed in the port of Algiers? Does he know anything about the dhimmi status to which the Jews were subjected? What does he know about the affront to France by Hussein Dey in 1830?
Note: This refers to the insult by Hussein Dey, the last Ottoman ruler of Algiers, who swiped the face of the French consul Pierre Deval on April 30, 1827 (not 1830) with his fly-swatter. Some say this incident is semi-mythical and only served as a pretext for the French invasion in 1830. However, please note that I have not researched this event. The reasons behind the 1830 invasion are complex.
Does he know that France built Algeria: cities and roads, villages, schools, hospitals? Does he even know that in the 19th century colonization was a leftist idea, carried forth in the name of progress and civilization? Does he know who the Frenchmen were who settled in Algeria? There were great landowners, of course. But they were few in number. There were, no doubt, some people who were condescending towards the Arab population, and there were some who were brutal. But there was a multitude of people who humbly cultivated the land, ran businesses, practiced the professions of medicine, teaching, engineering. And all of that was suffering inflicted? What a way to spit on millions of Frenchmen and their descendants! (…)
Note: It is true that the whole colonization enterprise was favored and promoted by liberal thinkers and great writers such as Victor Hugo and Rudyard Kipling. They believed in the civilizing mission of the European nations. This is not so different from Bush's desire to "democratize" Muslim countries, even though Islam is not compatible with democracy. Like many good ideas, it was good only as an idea.
The chief contributor to Dreuz.info, Michel Garroté, also penned a critical reaction to Hollande's words and deeds in Algeria (warning: his article contains a graphic photo of brutality done to a Frenchman):
Hollande added: "We have this duty to the truth about the violence, the injustices, the massacres, the torture". Hollande promised to better accommodate those Algerians requesting visas to France and to urge the French consulates to issue the documents more quickly.
Hollande did not utter one word about the atrocious crimes perpetrated by the mafiosi of the Algerian FLN (National Liberation Front) against the Algerian Harkis, the Algerian Kabyles, the Algerian Jews, the Algerian Christians and the Algerian Pieds-Noirs.
Note: The Harkis were Algerians who fought on the side of the French patriots; the Kabyles, also called Berbers, are the original inhabitants of Algeria pre-dating the Arab Muslims; the Pieds-Noirs were the Algerians of European descent who were forced to leave and emigrate back to France after the war.
In doing this, Hollande humiliated and lowered the French people, on a one-way road to repentance, infamously known as the "duty to the truth"; and on the road of a Mohammedan immigration of settlement, this new form of arrogant colonization that is ruining France.
Hollande's repentance, disguised as a "duty to the truth" is a revision of the history of French colonization - 132 years of history from 1830 - 1962 - a revision of this history scandalously transformed by the president's words into a so-called genocidal period.
Hollande's repentance, disguised as a "duty to the truth" is a denial of the crimes of Algerian nationalism. The real truth is that a part of the FLN, at the moment of independence, took and held power: the criminal power of a mafia.
Below, from Le Parisien, some scenes of his visit. He was accompanied by his mistress Valérie Trierweiller. In the photo below she is greeted by Algerian President Bouteflicka
Below, the president does his duty to the truth.
Below, the natives greet the French delegation:
Finally, for those who can't get enough, there is a one-minute video at France TV Info.
Last note: What did they expect from a Socialist president, formed by and beholden to the anti-French, anti-Western traditions of the Left?