October 17, 1961, “inexcusable crimes for the Republic” according to Emmanuel Macron


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On the occasion of the 61st anniversary of October 17, 1961, the President of the Republic once again denounced the bloody repression of the peaceful demonstration of Algerians in Paris. In Algeria, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune observed a minute of silence in tribute to the victims.

“Inexcusable crimes.” It was through a tweet posted on Monday, October 17 that President Macron chose to announce the massacre of Algerians on October 17, 1961 in Paris. That evening, hundreds of peaceful protesters were beaten, shot or thrown into the Seine

“Truth is the only way to a shared future,” he also wrote.


>> To read, our webdoc: October 17, 1961: a massacre of Algerians in the heart of Paris

In 2021, Emmanuel Macron recognized “an indisputable truth” during the official ceremony for the 60th anniversary of the massacre.

“This tragedy was long silent, denied or concealed”, indicates the presidency, which describes this evening of October 17, 1961 as “bloody repression”. “The crimes committed that night under the authority of Maurice Papon are inexcusable for the Republic,” read the statement from the Elysee.

“France looks at its entire history with lucidity and recognizes clearly defined responsibilities. It owes it first and foremost to itself, to all those whom the war in Algeria and its procession of crimes committed on all sides bruised in their flesh and in their soul. It owes this in particular to its youth, so that it is not trapped in the conflicts of memories and builds, in the respect and recognition of everyone, its future.


In Algeria, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune observed a minute of silence at 11 a.m. at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic.

October 17, 1961: Massacre of Algerians in Paris © Graphic studio France Media World

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