From 1848, French Algeria was considered an integral part of France. French settler colonialists virtually raped Algeria, looting it dry to enrich and develop France. By early 1950, General Charless De Gaualle understood the colonization was no longer tenable after years of fierce resistance waged by Algerians which claimed millions of lives.
De Gaulle’s decision to accept the independence of Algeira was a bitter bill to swallow for the criminal and greedy settler colonial oligarchy that benefitted from war and violence.
They decided to fight back as the independence of Algeria meant the impoverishment of French settler colonialists. The criminal oligarchs that benefitted from the occupation of Algeria formed a secret terrorist group called the OAS (Organisation armée secrète meaning Secret Army Organisation).
The OAS carried out terrorist attacks, including bombings and assassinations, in an attempt to prevent Algeria’s independence from French colonial rule. Its motto was L’Algérie est française et le restera (“Algeria is French and will remain so”).
The target of their anger was General de Gaulle, the man who denied their dream of endless looting and occupation of the Algerian people.
On 22 August 1962, they tried to kill General de Gaulle, an incident fictionalized by Fredrick Forsyth in the book “The Day of the Jackal”.
In Ethiopia, a similarly desperate TPLF extremist group, repeated what the OAS tried on General de Gaulle in 1962.
I am not sure if readers grasp the irony of Jackal and Hyena. De Gaulle and Dr. Abiy. August 1962 and June 2018. French colonial settlers and Tigrayan oligarchs. The OAS and TPLF. The independence of Algeria and the emancipation of Ethiopian people. The inevitable binaries are endless!