The FLN, or National Liberation Front is a nationalist political party in Algeria. In fact, it was the principal nationalist movement during the Algerian War and the sole legal and ruling political party of the Algerian state until other parties were legalised in 1989.
On November 1, Emmanuel Macron sent his “most sincere wishes”… not to the French, but to the Algerians. On this All Saints Day for Catholics, the French president preferred to celebrate the history of the Algerian revolution against France.
This day, which marks the beginning of the “war of independence” against the French, is also called the “Toussaint rouge”, because of the deadly attacks by the FLN against the French, in 1954.
“For the Algerian National Day, I send my heartfelt greetings to the Algerian people and pay tribute to their spirit of responsibility at this crucial time for their future,” tweeted the president, referring to the upcoming presidential election, which will take place on December 12.
“I hope that our Algerian friends will be able to freely discuss future challenges”, he added. If this date symbolizes a day of glory for the Algerians, it also represents the terrible fate of the French. Indeed, on November 1, 1954, the war of independence was launched by seventy attacks, resulting in ten dead, including four soldiers, a teacher, a ranger and a taxi driver, and several wounded at thirty places on the Algerian territory, which was under French administration at the time.
This odd tribute of the President of the Republic, on this important date for the French Catholics, has obviously provoked an uproar. The chairman of the RN Bourgogne-Franche-Comté group Julien Odoul, who recently made a name for himself by calling out a veiled woman, said that this was a “moral fault” and an “insult to the place where our compatriots were murdered in Algeria”.
For the member of the National Office of the RN Jean Messiha, this tweet from the head of the State “thus confirms his stature as supreme leader of the antinational system directing France” .
MP RN Louis Aliot said that Emmanuel Macron “did not have a tweet for All Saints Day but instead sent a message to Algeria for the celebration of ‘Toussaint Rouge'” , deeming this attitude to be “incomprehensible”.
Aujourd'hui @EmmanuelMacron n'a pas eu un tweet pour la Toussaint mais a adressé un message à l’Algérie pour la célébration de "la Toussaint rouge" (ce jour-là en 1954, des attentats du FLN sont commis contre des Français et font 10 morts). Incompréhensible. pic.twitter.com/1tyQSn1JuW
— Louis Aliot (@louis_aliot) November 1, 2019
The regional councilor of the Republicans Party, Virginie Calmels, said she “dared to hope that behind this tweet there was not a tribute yet to the FLN and the massacres committed on November 1, 54 against the French” .