Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (R) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande (L) raise their arms as they walk in Tlemcen on December 20, 2012. French President Francois Hollande on Thursday acknowledged France’s “brutal” colonial rule over the Algerian people, without having to apologise, as he sought to launch a new era in ties on a two-day visit. (2nd R in the background is French First Lady Valerie Trierweiler). AFP PHOTO / POOL – PHILIPPE WOJAZER


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