But historians say there are still impediments to their research on a subject that remains sensitive in France, pointing to the resealing of tens of thousands of once-public documents last year.
Category: Algerian War (1954-62)
The president admitted that Ali Boumendjel did not die by suicide, as France had previously claimed, but was killed by French troops during the Algerian war of independence.
A government-commissioned study offers proposals to address longstanding grievances. But it does not recommend an official apology and skirts the issue of systemic torture.