A man wearing a blue shirt leans his body over a coffin draped with the Algerian flag in a room full of coffins.

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Like the US, France is navigating political disagreements about its history and their relationship to modern issues of race.

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A man rests on a coffin of one of the 24 Algerians at the Moufdi-Zakaria culture palace in Algiers, July, 4, 2020. After decades in a French museum, the skulls of 24 Algerians decapitated for resisting French colonial forces were formally repatriated to Algeria in an elaborate ceremony led by the teary-eyed Algerian president. The return of the skulls was the result of years of efforts by Algerian historians, and comes amid a growing global reckoning with the legacy of colonialism. 

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