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The bombing of Sakiet was one of the most controversial incidents in the Algerian War of Independence. On 8 February 1958, the French air force crossed the border into Tunisia to attack Sakiet Sidi Yousef, a village which the French government claimed was being used as a base by Algerian guerillas.
The bombardment resulted in the deaths of 68 civilians. Fougeron's painting, completed a few months later, provoked controversy. The line of military boots at the top points to official French involvement in the massacre, something that was still under debate at the time.

November 2006