During the dark days of the Algerian Revolution against French rule in their land, many atrocities were committed on the part of both sides. The French brutality against innocent people is well documented and motion pictures have shown numerous examples of how people were tortured and killed for no reason other than anger on the part of French soldiers. The civil war lasted nearly seven years and thousands died.
President Nicolas Sarkozy attended a ceremony commemorating those who died fighting for the French government. “France will not apologize for the reciprocal atrocities.” President Sarkozy can not control what other people do, but he can address the atrocities committed by French troops. In so doing, he honors the French people, and those innocent people who died at their hands.