Algeria, which remained under Ottoman rule for centuries, had dark days with the French occupation that lasted for 130 years between 1830 and 1962.
Resisting France’s efforts to intimidate, Algeria came to the fore as the country that paid the heaviest price for its independence in the Arab and Islamic geography, as a result of the tough struggle that lasted 8 years and 1.5 million people lost their lives.
Until now, France has not officially apologized to Algeria as a state for its colonial policies. He still did not recognize his crimes, which are a black mark in history.
“Archives are an integral part of the country’s memory”
On the other hand, Algeria, which was looted by France during the occupation, wants the Ottoman archives to be returned.
President of Algeria Abdulmecid Tebbun told the local press that the archives are an integral part of the memory of the country.
Tabbun said, “France should return whatever it has missed from the Ottoman archives to us.”
The Algerian government announced in 2017 that 98 percent of the country’s abducted archives were in France.