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Algerians killed during the demonstration of October 17, 1961 in Paris: the war of numbers


STORY - The giant demonstration launched by the FLN and violently repressed by the police 60 years ago continues to spill ink. While the official death toll showed three deaths, some historians today evoke between 200 and 300 victims. Where to place the cursor?


Violent demonstrations of Algerian Muslims last night in Paris: 2 dead, 44 seriously injured

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Le Figaro

in its issue of October 18, 1961. This famous autumn Tuesday, where nearly 30,000 Algerian demonstrators were violently repressed in the streets of Paris, is one of the main unspoken words of the war.

Deaths, injuries, thousands of arrests ... And, sixty years later, the most varied hypotheses on the number of victims of this bloody evening.

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Many times told, the events are no longer a mystery.

Everything takes place between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The day before, the FLN launched a broad appeal for a peaceful mobilization against the curfew, decreed ten days previously by the police headquarters for only “

North African Muslims


Call, or order?

After seven years of colonial war, it has largely spilled over into the metropolis and permeated the capital, where the FLN exerts considerable pressure on Algerian nationals.

During calls

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Source: lefigaro

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