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Algerian War of independence: Looking back at the Évian Accords, 60 years on


With the 60th anniversary of the Evian accords that ended the bloodshed signed on March 18, 1962, we look at how the ghosts of Algeria's war of independence from France still haunt both countries, six decades on.

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