Macron condemns “inexcusable” 1961 massacre of Algerians in Paris

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday denounced the killing of dozens of Algerians during a police crackdown on protests in Paris 60 years ago as “inexcusable” crimes, but he stopped short of issuing a formal apology for the massacre.

“The repression was brutal, violent and bloody,” said a statement from the Élysée Palace. “This tragedy was hushed-up, denied or wiped out for a long time.”

Macron attended a 60th-anniversary ceremony in the outskirts of Paris in the presence of relatives of the victims, campaigners and veterans of Algeria’s independence movement. He respected a minute of silence at the Bezons bridge where the protest started.

The French president

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