French President Francois Hollande acknowledges country"s "unjust and brutal" occupation of Algeria but does not apologise

French President Francois Hollande acknowledges country's 'unjust and brutal' occupation of Algeria but does not apologise The French president acknowledged the 'suffering' inflicted on Algeria Mr Hollande refused to apologise during a trip to France's former colonyAcknowledged use of torture and said there is a 'duty' to tell the truth 1.5million people died during the eight year struggle for independence | UPDATED: 07:53 GMT, 21 December 2012 French President Francois Hollande today acknowledged the 'suffering' his country had inflicted on Algeria – while refusing to offer an apology to the former colony.