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Hollande concedes injustices in Algeria

Admits France’s ‘brutal’ rule

PARIS — On a sensitive and closely watched visit to Algeria, President Francois Hollande of France on Thursday acknowledged the ‘‘profoundly unjust and brutal’’ nature of France’s colonial rule, a statement seen in both countries as heralding a change of tone. But Hollande did not make an apology for France’s conduct, although Algeria has long pressed for one.

“I recognize here the suffering that colonialism inflicted on the Algerian people,’’ Hollande said in a speech before Parliament in Algiers.

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