Background of France and Algeria. Algeria first became a colony of France in 1830. After a disastrous war which ended in Algeria's independence in 1962, eight million Algerian residents were deprived of French nationality and hundreds of thousands of 'pieds noir' (French who settled in Algeria and were re-patriated at the end of the war) were forced home to a place which was not home. President Bouteflika's latest outburst has further strained Algerian-French relations which have been tense si30300
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