“We have decided to remove from our site the op-ed by political scientist Paul Max Morin on Emmanuel Macron’s recent trip to Algeria, published on Thursday 1 September. This text was based on excerpts from quotations which do not correspond to the substance of the declarations of the Head of State. If it can be subject to various interpretations, the sentence “a love story which has its share of tragedy” pronounced by Mr. Macron during the press conference did not specifically evoke colonization, as it was written in the tribune , most the long Franco-Algerian relations. The world apologizes to its readers, as well as to the President of the Republic. »
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This is the message that Internet users have been discovering since last night when they click on the article titled “Reducing French colonization in Algeria to a love story completes the righting of Emmanuel Macron on the memorial question”, published in The world September 1, late morning.
Paul Max Morin, associate researcher at the Center for Political Research at Sciences-Po, reacted to comments made by the French president during his recent three-day visit to Algeria. “It’s a love story that has its share of tragedy,” said the French president in particular.
Paul Max Morin first observes that in “five years, colonization will have gone, in the presidential verb, from a “crime against humanity” (2017) to “a love story which has its share of tragedy ”. The researcher thus believes that “the right-wing of the French political landscape has led Emmanuel Macron to harden his line”.
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The presidential sentence would thus fit “in the continuity of a colonial ideology which n’a never stopped using euphemisms to mask social and political realities”. And the author of Youth and the Algerian War (PUF) to cite the violence, the grabbing of land, the fumades, the practice of scorched earth, or even the indigénat and the ratonnades, the torture and the bombardments.
The researcher also criticizes the announcement of the creation of a new commission of historians, “which suggests that the work of research and precision on the facts would not have been carried out”. Paul Max Morin also recalls that all the archives on French colonization and the Algerian war have not been opened.
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After having evoked this “love story which has its share of tragedy”, Emmanuel Macron had assured that “you have to be able to get angry to reconcile. Since I became president, I have tried to look our past in the face. I do it without complacency. On the question of memory and the Franco-Algerian question, we are constantly called upon to choose between pride or repentance. I want the truth and recognition, otherwise we will not advance never. »