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France recognises 'Algerian suffering'

President Francois Hollande has acknowledged the brutality of France's colonisation of Algeria, but stopped short of a full apology.

Speaking on his first visit to the country as French president, Mr Hollande told the Algerian parliament: "I recognise the suffering that colonialism inflicted on the Algerian people."

But he added that he had not come "to repent or apologise".

Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.

  • 20 Dec 2012
  • From the section Europe