Emmanuel Macron also recognises role of state in 1957 death of dissident Maurice Audin

France has officially acknowledged for the first time that it carried out systematic torture during Algeria’s independence war – a landmark admission about conduct in the 60-year-old conflict that has been shrouded in secrecy and denials.

The president, Emmanuel Macron, said France instigated a “system” that led to torture during the Algeria conflict, and the past must now be faced with “courage and lucidity”.

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