Macron says the definition of ‘crimes against humanity’ has been ‘widened’
Mr Macron said in an interview with the centre-right daily Le Figaro in February that France’s 132-year colonisation of Algeria had involved “crimes and acts of barbarism” that would today be acknowledged as “crimes against humanity,” sparking nationwide outrage, but attempted on Friday to backtrack on his claims.
He added: “Some colonists committed crimes against humanity; whilst others committed crimes against persons. The definition of the term has since been widened to include both.”
Mr Macron, France’s leading presidential candidate, added that the French had “conflicting memories” of colonisation, and that some of the traumatic events that took place during those times had been “omitted” from history texts.
Mr Macron is France’s leading presidential candidate
The independent centrist also commented on the mounting tensions between the international community and the Syrian regime, and said that he was “for” launching a UN-led intervention in Syria after its ruler, Bashar al-Assad, allegedly ordered a chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, killing more than 80 civilians.
The regime must be punished for its crimes
He said: “This is not Mr al-Assad’s first crime. And yes, he is a criminal. He was behind the gas attack (outside Damascus) in 2013. And yes, we do need an international military intervention in Syria, but one preferably led by the UN.
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The independent centrist also believes Bashar al-Assad 'is a criminal'
“The regime must be punished for its crimes,” he continued, adding that the “priority” in Syria for France right now was the battle against the terrorist group Islamic State, and not the ousting of Assad.
Assad has denied playing any part in the attack.