A 70-Year-Old Cold Case: Assassination in Algiers

From MEI Editor's Blog Mon Dec 24 2012, 20:34:00

Today, Christmas Eve, marks the 70th anniversary of an assassination in Algiers in 1942 that still is veiled in mystery, speculation, and conspiracy theories: though there has never been any dispute about who pulled the trigger. And though set in an Arab country, these conspiracy theories are not the product of Arab coffeehouse gossip at all. All the players are European or American.

Christmas Eve, 1942: only a few weeks after the Allied Operation Torch landings in French North Africa in November, the Allies have consolidated their hold on Morocco and Algeria, and are gearing up to battle the Germans for Tunisia. They had gained control of Vichy-controlled Morocco and Algeria in part by cutting deals with the local Vichy leadership and with Admiral Jean Louis Xavier François Darlan, former head of the French Navy and until the Torch landings Vice President of the Council in Vichy France, second only to Marshal Petain and Minister of Defense, Interior, and Foreign Affairs. By sheer chance Darlan had been visiting his ailing son in Algiers when the Allies landed, and he proceeded to maneuver to proclaim himself as High Commissioner of North Africa. In that capacity he won recognition from the Allied commander, General Eisenhower. Instead of becoming a prisoner of war, he found himself running the place with the Allies' blessing. This infuriated the local French resistance, it infuriated Charles de Gaulle and the Free French, and it did not sit well at all with Winston Churchill and the British,who unlike the Americans had never recognized the Vichy regime.

Admiral Darlan

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Egypt:   Condemn Justice Minister's Hate Speech (press release)
Human Rights Watch
8 February 2016

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should condemn recent televised remarks by his justice minister that appeared to advocate the mass killing of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, Human Rights Watch ... [read more]

Algérie:   La nouvelle Constitution adoptée (news)
Radio France Internationale
7 February 2016

Sans surprise, le Parlement algérien a adopté dimanche 7 février la réforme de la Constitution (499 voix pour, 2 contre et 16 abstentions), qui avait été ... [read more]

Congo-Kinshasa:   Inga, PME, Tourisme... Egypte - Matata rafle plusieurs accords stratégiques! (news)
La Prospérité
8 February 2016

Il a obtenu un soutien indéfectible du Président égyptien aux efforts de stabilisation de la RDC. Le Nouveau Canal de Suez sera connecté au Grand Inga. L'Egypte apportera ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...