Torture of terrorists? Use of torture in a "war against terrorism": justifications, methods and effects: the case of France in Algeria, 1954–1962

During its war against the armed nationalist movement fighting for Algerian independence (1954-1962), France made extensive use of torture. This article challenges the main justification given for doing so, namely the terrorist methods employed by the National Liberation Front, and sheds light on the way torture took effect in the war.

About the author

Raphaëlle Branche

Lecturer in contemporary history at the University of Paris I - La Sorbonne (Centre d’Histoire Sociale du XXe Siècle, UMR 8058).