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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Pied Noirs.

This is coolbert:

I have had several blog entries recently that dealt with mass deportations. Mass deportations of persons carried out by military or quasi-military forces.

There is also a history from the 1950's of mass voluntary deportation as a result of warfare.

The French pied-noirs of Algeria in the aftermath of the Algerian War of Independence.

"Pieds-noirs - - Pied-noir (literally "black foot") is a term used to name the European-descended population that had been in Algeria for generations . . . In 1959, the pieds-noirs numbered 1,025,000 (85% of European descent, and 15% of Jewish descent), and accounted for 10.4% of the total population of Algeria. In just a few months in 1962, 900,000 of them fled the country"

[900,000 IN JUST A FEW MONTHS!!]

"The French government had not anticipated that such a massive number would leave . . . Scenes of thousands of panicked people camping for weeks on the docks of Algerian harbors waiting for a space on a boat to France were common from April to August 1962."

The pied-noirs voluntarily deported themselves as they found the situation hopeless. This was an enormous number to leave in such a small time and it did create a chaotic and unmanageable situation for the French authorities. In such circumstances, justice and fair treatment goes by the wayside. Expediency becomes paramount. That is what was done here.


Scenes are created. Dreadful scenes. NOT the type of thing you want shown on television world-wide. Desperation creates panic and a lot of things are done that ordinarily would not be done. Tragic.




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