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De Gaulle knew the extent of the massacre of Algerians in 1961 in Paris

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That day, some 30,000 Algerians demonstrated peacefully at the call of the FLN (National Liberation Front) against the curfew imposed on them.

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On October 16, on the occasion of a ceremony for the fiftieth anniversary of this massacre, Emmanuel Macron had acknowledged, in a press release, inexcusable crimes clerk under the authority of Maurice Papon.

De Gaulle informed

In the declassified archives, Mediapart, an online media outlet, found a note dated October 28, 1961, written by General de Gaulle’s adviser for Algerian affairs, Bernard Tricot. He writes to the President of the Republic thatdead”,”text”:”there would be 54 dead”}}”>there would be 54 dead.

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Some would have been drowned, others strangled, still others shot dead. Judicial proceedings have been opened. It is unfortunately likely that these investigations may lead to the questioning of certain police officersexplains the senior official.

A slogan

On October 16, 1961, the repression of a demonstration caused many injuries and several dozen deaths, whose bodies were thrown into the Seine.

Photo: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

In a second note dated November 6, 1961, Mr. Tricot explains to Charles de Gaulle a government issue : [NDLR: Bernard Chenot] as well as the Minister of the Interior [NDLR: Roger Frey] must inform the magistrates and officers of the competent judicial police that the Government wants the light to be shed”,”text”:”to know if we will limit ourselves to letting the cases take their course, in which case it is likely that they will get bogged down, or if the Minister of Justice [NDLR: Bernard Chenot] as well as the Minister of the Interior [NDLR: Roger Frey] must inform the magistrates and officers of the competent judicial police that the Government wants the light to be shed”}}”>whether we will simply let matters take their course, in which case it is likely that they will get bogged down, or whether the Minister of Justice [NDLR : Bernard Chenot] as well as the Minister of the Interior [NDLR : Roger Frey] must inform the magistrates and officers of the competent judicial police that the Government wants the light to be shed.

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It is very important, it seems, that the government take a position in this matter which, while seeking to avoid as much scandal as possible, shows all concerned that certain things must not be done and that don’t let themhe continues.

The note, found in the National Archives after its declassification last December, bears General de Gaulle’s handwritten response: We must shed light and prosecute the culprits and the Minister of the Interior must adopt an attitude of “authority” vis-à-vis the police, which he does not.

No action

No proceedings against the police have ever been initiated. Interior Ministers Roger Frey and Justice Bernard Chenot were confirmed in their positions, as was Maurice Papon, who has always denied any police violence whatsoever.

Maurice Papon was convicted in 1998 of complicity in crimes against humanity for his role in the deportation of Jews between 1942 and 1944.

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