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“Thiaroye 44”: a new documentary explores the 1944 massacre

Thousands of Senegalese soldiers fought for France against the Nazis during World War II. But on December 1, 1944, no less than 400 of them were murdered in cold blood: not by the Germans, but by the French forces alongside whom they fought. The massacre was swept under the rug for decades, barring the victims and their loved ones from any form of closure or acknowledgment. The new documentary by Marie Thomas-Penette and François-Xavier Destors "Thiaroye 44" is one of the first to explore this dark chapter of France's…

Rape as a weapon of war: the shameful legacy of France in Algeria

Sixty years ago, Algeria won its independence after a brutal war with France. Documentation on the Algerian war of 1954-1962 is abundant, but one subject remains extremely taboo: the systematic abduction of Algerian women by French soldiers during the conflict. The survivors have yet to see justice and time is running out. Reports Florence Gaillard from FRANCE 24.

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