On this day, April 23, 1961, four French generals organized and attempted the Algiers Putsch. The putsch was coup d'état to overthrow French President Charles de Gaulle and establish a military junta. Their motivation was French nationalism and disdain for the French popular vote in favor of Algerian self-determination January 8, 1961. The coup was uncovered and blocked, but this elusive concept of self-determination became an issue again during the Algerian Civil War.
Thomas E. Keefe
Assistant Professor of Humanities,