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The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time:
by Ahmed Ben Bella

The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time:
132 years.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Yes, I am Algerian of Moroccan origin through my parents,
but all my life is Algeria.
I was born there.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

When I was engaged in the struggle for my country,
I was very young.
My horizons were open.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left,
in my convictions.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

 

Algeria was therefore only the beginning of something that was in development:
this is why I say that it's the global capitalist system
that finally reacted against us.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

In two years, there were 22 military coups d'etat,
essentially in Africa and the third world.
The coup d'etat of Algiers, in 1965,
is what opened the path.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

From their point of view, I had gone too far.
I had to disappear.
That is to say, if the Algerian army had not overthrown me,
others would have done so.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

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Those who are leftists, once in power,
are not different from other parties.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Algeria is not breaking up.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Che came in 1963, shortly after I had come to power.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

It is obvious that taking the country from a state
of war to being a lawful state won't be easy.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I accommodated practically all of the liberation movements,
including those of Latin America.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I am the son of poor peasants who came at a very young age to live in Algeria.
I only recently saw the place where they were born,
near the city of Marrakech.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries -
like France,
Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

These are the multinationals, like General Motors and Nestle;
these are the big industrial groups that weigh,
on the monetary scale, much more than big countries like Egypt.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I am not a Marxist, but I place myself resolutely at the left.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Peace does not include a vendetta; there will be neither winners nor losers.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

The liberation movement which I led in Algeria,
the organization that I created to fight the French army,
was at first a small movement of nothing at all.
We were but some tens of people throughout Algeria,
a territory that is five times the size of France.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Yes, my life is a life of combat; I can say that this
has never stopped for a single instant.
It is a combat that started for me at the age of 16.
I'm 90 years old now, and my motivation hasn't changed;
it's the same fervour that drives me.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed,
once the authorities agreed, there were military coups
d'etat that overthrew their leaders.
That is the result time and time again.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

With my government, we engaged in bringing our help
to fights for national freedom.
At that precise moment, several countries were still
colonised or had barely overcome colonisation.
This was the case in practically all of Africa.
We supported them.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

It's with them that we have constituted a liberation
front and brought our logistic support to armies to
help their countries come out of colonialism and establish
a national internal regime.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

My life has been a bit special, this is true.
I participated in the liberation of my country.
I was one of the organisers of its struggle for liberation.
I likewise actively participated in all the struggles for liberation.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Colonialism is known in its primitive form,
that is to say, by the permanent settling of repressive foreign powers,
with an army, services, policies.
This phase has known cruel colonial occupations which
have lasted 300 years in Indonesia.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I'm optimistic because I'm pragmatic:
Neither of the two sides,
the military government nor the Islamic front,
is capable of winning.
If they continue to fight, they will both bleed to death.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

When someone came to ask us for help,
it was sacred.
We did not even think twice.
We helped them, even if we had only meagre means;
we offered them arms,
a little bit of money, and in occasion,
men.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south.
Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates
victims in the north as well.
This has become manifest: the global system was not
made to serve the good of all,
but to serve multinational companies.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I think that they participated in something that was
not very proper and was very pitiful,
not only for the Algerian people, but also for the
other people who counted on our support.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I can say now: all the combatants who participated
in the fight for freedom in South America came to Algeria;
it's from there that all those who fought left.
We trained them, we arranged for the weapons to reach them,
we created networks.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

French fries.
I love them.
Some people are chocolate and sweets people.
I love French fries.
That and caviar.
- Cameron Diaz

I have tried to lift France out of the mud.
But she will return to her errors and vomitings.
I cannot prevent the French from being French.
- Charles de Gaulle

I'm French, so I'm quite lazy about exercising,
and I smoke.
But I do love going for a run in the morning with my dog.
That's all.
- Eva Green

The great watershed of modern poetry is French,
more than English.
- Robert Morgan

In addition to the research, I enjoyed learning French
and assimilating the culture of another country.
- James Cronin

You know French means like sophisticated,
well educated, so far.
- Sophie Marceau

My parents were French and Irish and our family even
has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States
and consider myself part American.
- Vivien Leigh

Ho joined the French socialist party,
the first Vietnamese to be a member of a French political party.
- Wilfred Burchett

I am the most un-French Frenchman you will ever meet.
- Jean-Marie Messier

I don't think it's a low point being in the finals of the French Open,
three points away from the victory.
- Martina Hingis

My first public impression was my French teacher,
Derek Swift.
- Rory Bremner

For me, it was kind of like going into the military or something.
And anybody - any male - who has ever worked in a French
kitchen knows what I am talking about when I say that.
- Alton Brown

If French is no longer the language of a power,
it can be the language of a counter power.
- Lionel Jospin

If somebody had started on a remake of French Kiss
before I announced my own film,
I would have dropped my subject.
If someone else starts after me, what am I to do?
- Ajay Devgan

I am a guest of the French language.
My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language,
which is not the same as that of a French poet.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Theatre has no national identity.
It is something for the world, whether it is Irish,
English, or French.
- Cyril Cusack

The French - they like jazz, they've been on jazz a long time.
- Billy Higgins

Most people have no imagination.
If they could imagine the sufferings of others,
they would not make them suffer so.
What separated a German mother from a French mother?
- Ernst Toller

As the winter set in with its customary Canadian severity
the real trouble of the French began.
They did not suffer from the cold, but they were dying of scurvy.
- Harry Johnston

They were nothing like the French people I had imagined.
If anything, they were too kind, too generous and too
knowledgable in the fields of plumbing and electricity.
- David Sedaris

When I finally decided to do the show,
I only had two weeks to learn the choreography and the songs in French.
- LaToya Jackson

When I need a word and do not find it in French,
I select it from other tongues, and the reader has
either to understand or translate me.
Such is my fate.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

With respect to the respective French and German traditions
you are no doubt correct,
although I am reluctant to see individual achievement reduced to archetypes.
- Brian Ferneyhough

France turned a deaf ear to the demands,
but Ho had succeeded in attracting great publicity
in progressive French circles to the situation in Indochina.
- Wilfred Burchett

A month before the season I stop putting ketchup on my french fries.
- Mario Lemieux

I wish that I spoke more languages.
I speak a couple languages, but not well enough to really dub myself.
French is really the only one, and it's a difficult thing.
- Jodie Foster

English people don't have very good diction.
In France you have to pronounce very particularly and clearly,
and learning French at an early age helped me enormously.
- Vivien Leigh

The French had an obvious financial interest in Iraq.
That's been documented.
They were involved financially in Iraq and in some cases,
I think with weapons of mass destruction.
- Curt Weldon

Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts,
and photography is in their blood.
- Herb Ritts

They were singing in French, but the melody was freedom
and any American could understand that.
- Audie Murphy

The French and the British are such good enemies that
they can't resist being friends.
- Peter Ustinov

The French, I think, in general, are strangely prolix
in their natural history.
- Gilbert White

I don't feel guilty about expressing myself in French;
nor do I feel that I am continuing the work of the colonizers.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

There is no French town in which the wounds inflicted
on the battle-field are not bleeding.
- Georges Duhamel

The English was really my mother, it was never me.
Being the daughter of my father, I always felt very French.
- Charlotte Gainsbourg

The world distribution of French movies is a laughing matter.
That is a fact.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

But the French writers always had more originality
and independence than others,
and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion,
long since ceased to exist for them.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

In Yugoslavia, I'd asked for additional forces too.
I even went to meet the French prime minister,
and I proposed additional forces...
Nobody wanted to send troops.
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali

The clear French landscape is as pure as a verse of Racine.
- Paul Cezanne

We were only there for five days and during that time
Tom was a bit annoyed that the French were more interested
in me and my schoolgirl outfit than him and his long scarf.
- Lalla Ward

The Russians imitate French ways, but always at a distance of fifty years.
- Stendhal

In a country like France, so ancient,
their history is full of outstanding people,
so they carry a heavy weight on their back.
Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
- Manuel Puig


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