France decides to hold on to Northern Algeria whatever the cost?

sparky

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#31
France politicians decided to hold on to Algeria whatever the cost
the French people decided the cost was too high

the Battle of Algiers was a counter insurgency success and a political disaster
the widespread use of torture on an industrial scale revulsed the French parents
their young sons were drafted in this miserable colonial war
no matter how much the screech of Algeria is France , people knew perfectly well that was nothing like the case
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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#32
France politicians decided to hold on to Algeria whatever the cost
the French people decided the cost was too high

the Battle of Algiers was a counter insurgency success and a political disaster
the widespread use of torture on an industrial scale revulsed the French parents
their young sons were drafted in this miserable colonial war
no matter how much the screech of Algeria is France , people knew perfectly well that was nothing like the case
Yeah, TBH, I really don't get the logic in wanting to incorporate a huge and rapidly growing Muslim population into one's country. If French policymakers in the 19th century were aware of just how much Algeria's population was going to subsequently explode, maybe they would have been more cautious in regards to conquering Algeria--or maybe they would have decided that the only way to permanently keep Algeria French is to ethnically cleanse Algeria of its Muslim population. :(
 

Futurist

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#33
If the French really wanted to engage in settler colonialism, in hindsight Sardinia looks like a much more attractive target than Algeria does, no? After all, Sardinia is still relatively sparsely populated even nowadays (with it having a population of less than two million today); plus, it's overwhelmingly Christian, which should significantly help.





Was there any realistic way for France to conquer Sardinia in the early 19th century in place of Algeria?
 

sparky

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#34
Good God ...Sardinia !
I'm sure Italy would be most happy to be rid of it ,
in fact paying Italy to take Corsica back would probably be quite popular with the mainland French
There is absolutely no point in acquiring territory which are a millstone around one neck
 

Futurist

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#35
Good God ...Sardinia !
I'm sure Italy would be most happy to be rid of it ,
in fact paying Italy to take Corsica back would probably be quite popular with the mainland French
There is absolutely no point in acquiring territory which are a millstone around one neck
Corsica has a lot of value for the French due to it being Napoleon's birthplace, though. Why do the French dislike Corsica?

Also, subsidizing Algeria would have probably been much more expensive than subsidizing both Corsica and Sardinia combined!