France's Hollande: no apologies for Algerian past

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ALGIERS, Dec 19 (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande refused on Wednesday to apologise for France's colonial past in Algeria, saying instead that Paris wanted to move forward on an equal footing and boost trade with the oil-rich North African nation. The trauma of the 1954-1962 Algerian war, in which hundreds of thousands were killed before France's departure, left deep scars in both countries which still hold back a partnership France believes could help revive the ...

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