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The French acted like the Nazis.


If any of this story is accurate, the French government tortured and murdered the Algerians not unlike the Nazis. I wonder how this film was received by the French?

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The French War in Algeria was VERY controversial because of that 'torture'--the 'Professional' Portion of the French Army(The paratroopers; the legion) & locally recruited Algerian units did most of the fighting & the 'dirty' stuff...there were hundreds of thousands of French draftees who had very routine tours.

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Well the film was badly received by the French,well by the government anyway.
You could say that the tragedy of modern France is that the resistance heroes of World War 2 ended up torturing people using methods as bad as those that had been used against them.

But perhaps it was because they had fought for France against the occupier that they felt justified in doing what they did for France.
What do I mean? well Algeria was part of France officially at least so conscripts could be sent there unlike Indo China.

The other sad thing is that the Algerian revolution later became a dictatorship and was in turn subject to people rising against it.

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Yes, after Independence the Algerians tortured and killed each other. The Civil war 1991-2002 is going to be repeated in Egypt.

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So you think that the Nazis are hated today because of actions similar to what happened in Algeria ? Here I thought it was mainly because of the death camps and the final solution, something that the French definitely did not do in Algeria.

But I'm French so maybe I'm not seeing it. I will add that there is no doubt in my mind that the French government after WW2 didn't react correctly to what colonials were asking (more autonomy, more rights, etc.), and I say this with a grandfather born and raised in Indochina.

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That's not at all what they were thinking. All they asked is if the torture and reprisal killing of civilians in the film was an accurate portrayal of events. The Nazis did more than just the round up Jews.

Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

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