WorldViews: Bastille Day is a reminder of what France owes its colonial soldiers

By Ishaan Tharoor, July 14, 2014

On Monday, France marked Bastille Day, its national day, with its customary martial parade down the Champs Elysees. This year, France marked the centennial of the start of World War I, where some 1,300,000 French soldiers died. Three representatives from the Algerian military joined the procession for the first time, a recognition of the 173,000 Algerian troops conscripted into the armies of their colonial ruler between 1914 and 1918; around 23,000 died.

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