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French report grapples with nuclear fallout from Algerian War

French President Emmanuel Macron commissioned a report aimed at “reconciliation of memories between France and Algeria,” which France ruled as the jewel of its colonial empire for more than 130 years. The Stora Report addressed several scars from the Algerian War for Independence and still comes up short of a clear path toward nuclear reconciliation.
Director of nuclear experiment center, General Jean Thiry, pressing a button to trigger the explosion of the third French atomic bomb at the Reggane test site in the Algerian Sahara, December 27, 1960
Director of nuclear experiment center, General Jean Thiry, pressing a button to trigger the explosion of the third French atomic bomb at the Reggane test site in the Algerian Sahara, December 27, 1960 AFP/Getty Images

In January, the French historian Benjamin Stora filed a report commissioned by the French President Emmanuel Macron aimed at “reconciliation of memories between France and Algeria,” which France ruled as the jewel of its colonial empire for more than 130 years.

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