In a tense political race, Emmanuel Macron recently won the French Presidential elections after an extremely daunting campaign that gave Europe a collective sigh of relief.
Macron, a former banker and independent stormed up the polls and has opened a new chapter for French culture in the new Era.
As France looks towards a brighter future, there are many things from the past that France has done that are nothing to be proud of.
The Financial Times reported:
In a recent interview with the daily Le Figaro , Macron acknowledged one of the most sensitive periods of French history regarding atrocities and colonization of regions of eastern Africa, and the 132-year colonization of Algeria where “ barbarism & crimes against humanity ” were condoned & openly committed against civilians.
The French began moving into regions of Africa as a colonial expansion efforts to out-pace Britain and Holland for slaves & valuable natural resources in the early 1620’s
Macron’s posture echoes comments made earlier in the week on a visit to Algiers, where Mr Macron called on France to apologize for past crimes, particularly those committed in the bloody Algerian war of independence that ended in 1962.
Accounts of torture and massacres by the French government during the colonization of Africa remains a hugely polarizing issue on both sides of the Mediterranean and in French politics, with French authorities long refusing to apologize.
Mr Macron’s intervention in French colonized regions such as Mali, and the Congo was his most striking Foreign policy stance since the 39-year-old former banker moved into power in May.