Members of the Algerian parliament knew not to expect a full apology from visiting French President Francois Hollande for his country’s past actions in Algeria.
But they did receive an admission from the French leader of injustices, massacres and torture during the eight year Algerian war.
“For 132 years Algeria was subject to a profoundly unjust and brutal system. This system has a name, colonisation. And I recognise here the suffering that the colonisation inflicted on the Algerian people,” the French President said.
It was the second day of Francois Hollande’s visit to the oil-rich North African state aimed at improving diplomatic and economic relations.
After his speech to parliament the president signed a number of accords with the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to strengthen relations in several sectors including industry and defence.
Six years ago as Socialist party leader Francois Hollande said France should apologise to the Algerian people.