Paris metro to commemorate pro-Algeria protest

19th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 18, 2007 (AFP) - A new metro station just outside Paris is to be renamed Sunday to commemorate a 1961 demonstration in the capital during which police killed dozens of pro-Algeria protestors.

PARIS, Feb 18, 2007 (AFP) - A new metro station just outside Paris is to be renamed Sunday to commemorate a 1961 demonstration in the capital during which police killed dozens of pro-Algeria protestors.

"Gennevilliers 1", a station under construction in the northwest suburbs, is to be renamed "17 octobre 1961", the date of the protest in which between 35 and 325 demonstrators are thought to have been killed.

The police crackdown, which happened during the height of Algeria's battle for independence from France, was ordered by the then chief of the police for Paris, Maurice Papon.

Papon was eventually convicted of war crimes and jailed in 1998 for ten years for his collaboration with the Nazis during World War II. He was released on health grounds in 2002.

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Subject: French news

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