Macron apologises for controversial comments on colonialism – What did he say?

Mr Macron, centrist and pro-European candidate for the French presidential election,  said in an interview with leading centre-right daily Le Figaro that the 132-year colonisation of Algeria involved “crimes and acts of barbarism” that would today be acknowledged as “crimes against humanity.”

“I am sorry to have offended you, to have hurt you,” Macron said on Saturday in the southeastern city of Toulon, responding to criticism of his comments from French nationals who had to leave Algeria in 1962, France24 reported. “But we must face this common, complex past if we want to move on and get along,” he said, alluding to historical links between Algeria and France, where many citizens hold both nationalities.