Algeria-France: the memory of October 17, 1961

View of the plaque in tribute to the victims of the FLN demonstration of October 17, 1961, unveiled on October 17, 2001, on the Ile de la Cité in Paris.

© AFP / Daniël Janin

By: Eric Bataillon

Here we drowned the Algerians

 is the story, published by Le Passager Clandestin, of Jean-Luc Einaudi's fight for recognition of the massacre of October 17, 1961 in Paris.

The author, Fabrice Riceputi, a secondary school teacher, returns to this racist tragedy, this state lie (the denial of the event) that this moral hero will take 30 years to have recognized as a state crime. 


Fabrice Riceputi

shows how difficult it is still today for the French community to face the racist heritage of colonization.

Also to listen: Monique Hervo au cœur du 17 October 1961


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