Sixty years ago today, French police under the command of a former Nazi collaborator massacred anti-imperialist Algerian demonstrators. For decades, the French authorities concealed the evidence of one of the worst atrocities in postwar Europe.
Ian Birchall is the author of Sartre Against Stalinism and many articles and essays on the work of Jean-Paul Sartre.
France waged a brutal colonial war in Algeria during the 1950s. But a group of writers clustered around Jean-Paul Sartre’s journal Les Temps modernes played a courageous role, exposing French war crimes and supporting the right of the Algerian people to self-determination.
Seventy-five years ago today, Vietnam launched a bid for national freedom with its Declaration of Independence. The French colonial regime answered with brutal repression, kick-starting thirty years of destructive conflict.
The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre died forty years ago today. Sartre’s philosophy and political values can still inspire struggles for freedom today.
For François Mitterrand, France’s atrocities in Algeria were stepping-stones to power.
The French secular ideal of laïcité is not a misused noble idea — it is deeply flawed at its roots.
As a young man in Paris, Ho Chi Minh embraced a radical internationalism.