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Algerian war veteran wants law criminalising French rule.

Summary: The secretary general of Algeria's National Organization of Mujahideen, or veterans of the independence war, on Tuesday asked the new parliament to adopt a law criminalizing French colonialism.

The secretary general of Algeria's National Organization of Mujahideen, or veterans of the independence war, on Tuesday asked the new parliament to adopt a law criminalizing French colonialism.

"We really want the adoption by the new parliament of a law criminalizing French colonialism," Said Abadou told Radio Algerie Internationale.

France and the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) signed a treaty 50 years ago, putting an end to the Algerian war which had lasted for almost eight years and resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Abadou said this had become a "national duty" and a "response to the law glorifying colonialism which was adopted by the French parliament in 2005," the APS news agency said.

Algerian historians today talk of 1.5 million Algerian victims of the war, while their French colleagues put the total number of deaths for both sides at 400,000. France ruled Algeria for 132 years.

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