Curfew in Paris in 1958 and 1961: A measure imported from Algeria in order to fight the FLN?

By Sylvie Thénault

Recent historiography about the events of autumn 1961 in Paris tends to consider this repression as the result of Maurice Papon’s action, supposedly reproducing the methods of counter-insurgency he had learned before, in Morocco and Algeria. This article contends that such a thesis notably neglects the role of police demands in the decision to pronounce a curfew. And finally, the reconstitution of the process of decision making shows that Papon’s former experience was not simply reproduced as such.


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