15 Feb French Court Strikes Down Pro-Colonialism Law
On a (somewhat) lighter note,
The 2005 law, ironically enough, was intended to recognize the contribution of the “harkis,” the 200,000 or so Algerians who fought alongside French colonial troops in
The provision was immediately assailed by historians, writers, and intellectuals, more than 1,000 of whom signed a petition demanding its repeal. One eminent French historian likened it to the Japanese government’s approach to the Sino-Japanese war:
, a law defines the contents of history lessons, and textbooks minimise Japan ‘s responsibility in the Sino-Japanese war. If Japan wants to be like that, it’s going the right way about it. France
The provision is not, however, the first or only example of a law dictating how certain periods of French history should be taught. A 1990 law outlaws denial of the Holocaust, and a 2001 law requires the slave trade to be described as a crime against humanity.