Front Algérie Française

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FAF riot in Algiers on November 11, 1960

The Front de l'Algérie Française (French Algerian Front, FAF) was a political and militant movement in favour of French Algeria, created in 1960 in Algiers. Its founder was Said Boualam.

In a short time, the organisation had 400,000 members and by November 1960 this had grown to a million of which 40% were Muslims, although this is disputed and what Muslim members there were had left by December.[1] Its core membership were Pieds noirs.

The organisation was banned by the French Authorities on December 24, 1960.[1]

Among the activities organised by the front, was a general strike in the country. Strikers included forty civil servants and the Front attempted to force the Algerians to join as well.[1]

On November 11, 1961, a demonstration called by the Front degenerated into violence. A few weeks later, the Front called for the visit of the president Charles de Gaulle to be violently opposed and for the army to mutiny against the government's orders.

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  1. ^ a b c Voice Out of Silence Time magazine - December 26, 1960