French forces landed on Algeria in 1830 in response to piracy threats to its Navy and Merchant shipping fleets in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
For decades the war remained a verboten topic in France, sparking fierce debates on colonialism, torture and De Gaulle's "betrayal" of pieds noirs.
The sand cat (Felis margarita), also known as the sand dune cat, is the only cat living foremost in true deserts.
At least 250,000 died in a war which left deep scars in both countries.
Consider also that Algeria wasn't a far-flung colony, but a French state with a large European population (pieds noirs).
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