Algerian war on French

Catalan nationalism is not, of course, unique in the region in its attempts to eradicate a language that straddles borders and unites people:

Première femme de lettre maghrébine élue à la prestigieuse [sic] Académie française, [Assia Djebbar] n’a eu droit, dans son pays, qu’à un bref communiqué lu à la télévision algérienne. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, l’académicienne n’a eu droit à aucune reconnaissance officielle de l’Algérie. Elle paye la facture de son amour de la langue française et de la France. Chose impardonnable en Algérie, surtout en ces temps troubles, en pleine guerre de la mémoire entre la France et son ancienne colonie. Le président Abdelaziz Bouteflika vient d’en remettre une couche en dénonçant le «génocide de l’identité» algérienne par la France coloniale.

Bouteflika’s problems with Berber and the Berbers are well-known, but hey, he’s only a dictator, not a colonialist.

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