Minister Geneviève Darrieussecq pays tribute to harkis at the Hôtel des Invalides (Paris)
25 September 2018

€40m support package for harkis and their children

Hôtel des Invalides, Tuesday 25 September 2018. The Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Armed Forces, Geneviève Darrieussecq, paid tribute to harkis and other members of the irregular units that served during Algeria's war of independence. The ceremony also provided the opportunity to make a series of pledges in their favour.
 

What pledges have been made?

During the national day of homage to harkis and other members of irregular units, on Tuesday 25 September, the Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Armed Forces, Geneviève Darrieussecq, outlined a series of pledges in favour of former French Army auxiliaries and their families.

These pledges include €40m in aid to the descendants of harkis living in difficult circumstances. Alongside this support package, the Minister of State said that a personalised back-to-work aid scheme would also be set up.

Another measure announced today: €400 increase in the allocation de reconnaissance (recognition allowance) and allocation viagère allowance, paid to widows of former irregular unit members. 9,000 to 10,000 people are concerned.

Tribute to harkis at the Hôtel des Invalides (Paris)

These pledges follow on from the report entitled “Aux harkis, la France reconnaissante” (Harkis, to whom France is grateful), which was submitted to Geneviève Darrieussecq last July.  56 proposals had been put forward in favour of harkis, in a bid to recognise and make amends as regards their complex history.

What does this day commemorate?

In 2001, 25 September became the "national day of homage to harkis and other members of irregular units", in recognition of the 150,000 soldiers who fought in the French Army during Algeria's war of independence. This day was made an annual event in 2003.

Minister Geneviève Darrieussecq pays tribute to harkis at the Hôtel des Invalides (Paris)

The harkis' history gradually gains recognition

Seldom taught and often unfamiliar, the harkis' history has gradually been unveiled through various governmental measures.

Last Friday, the President of the Republic already awarded the title of Knight of the Legion of Honour to six former fighters and a woman who founded a harkis association, while 19 people have been promoted to the National Order of Merit.

The President of the Republic is also due to preside over an exceptional ceremony of homage in the coming months.
 


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