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Friday, July 6, 2012

After 50 Years, France Still Holds Key Algerian Archives

In conjunction with yesterday's 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, this Reuters report deals with the ongoing dispute over France's continuing to hold key archives from its occupation, including such basics as maps showing underground gas lines and electrical wiring, but also including Algerian manuscripts dating from before the French occupation of 1830 and originating in Algeria. Half a century later, Algeria and France are still trying to disentangle the legacy of 132 years of rule.

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