History Past and Present

Muslim Soldiers of France

In Rachid Bouchareb’s 2006 film Indigenes (literally meaning “natives”, but also the term for French colonial subjects – the film was released to English-speaking audiences with the more conventional-war-film title Days of Glory), four Algerian men, Yassir, Said, Abdelkader and Messaoud, sign up to fight for the Free French after the defeat of the Axis …