Bouteflika's health, colonial crimes: does the torch burn between Algiers and Paris?


International11: 45 24.09.2018 (updated 11:54 24.09.2018) Short URLCount of crimes committed against the Algerian people by French colonialism from 1830 to 1962 began in Algeria. This was announced by the Algerian Minister of the Mojahedin on September 23, in Constantine, amid controversy over the historical legitimacy and health of Bouteflika triggered by the former head of the DGSE.Algeria began to identify all the crimes perpetrated against the Algerian people by French colonialism from 1830 to 1962. This was stated, on September 23, Tayeb Zitouni, the Algerian Minister of Mujahideen (Veterans), in Constantine, in pointing out that it was the Center for Studies and Research on the National Movement and the National Liberation Revolution (1954/1962) which was commissioned by his department to carry out this operation, according to the Algerian Press Service (APS).
The purpose of this census is to "make known to the Algerian people the crimes that had been committed against him during this period," said the Minister at a press conference on the sidelines of his visit to the first headquarters of the command of the historic wilaya II, on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the death of the revolutionary leader, Colonel Zighoud Youcef.
The evocation of France "recalls the mountains of skulls and the blood poured out," he added, adding that Algeria "is looking for its shouhada [ses martyrs, ndlr] in the caves to bury them".
Regarding the question of the writing of history, Mr. Zitouni stressed that "today there is an awareness of the need to write history and to take an interest in its artisans", while recalling that "Algeria has paid a heavy price to wrest its independence".
In this sense, the official stated that scientists, intellectuals, historians and university researchers have been involved in this census operation. Tayeb Zitouni also reported on the constitution of another team that works to "identify what left French colonialism after 1962 bombs, mines and barbed wire along the lines Challe and Morice [aux fronti√®res Est et ouest de l’Alg√©rie, ndlr] who have continued to kill until the end of 2016 ". "The National People's Army (NPA) has cleared the national territory of antipersonnel mines," he said.
"Historical legitimacy is a lever through which the Algerian government governs the country and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is extremely ill". This is said Friday, September 21 Bernard Bajolet, former head of the DGSE under Nicolas Sarkozy and former ambassador of France in Algeria, in an interview given Le Figaro.
Speaking about the future of Algerian-French relations, Mr. Bajolet believes that these will know a "small step evolution". "And that's for two reasons: the first is a generation problem. The Algerian nomenclature, issue or heir to the Algerian war, always needs to legitimize itself by exploiting the feelings towards the former colonial power, "he explained.
According to him, "the second reason is more cyclical: President Bouteflika, with all the respect I feel for him, is kept alive artificially. And nothing will change in this transition period. "
President Bouteflika "leads the country like a maestro," said Djamel Ould Abbes, the secretary general of the National Liberation Front (FLN), on Saturday, September 22, during a press conference on the sidelines of his meeting with officials of his party in Algiers. Remarks interpreted by some Algerian newspapers as an answer to those held by the former French diplomat about the state of health of President Bouteflika.