A general view taken on October 29, 2014 shows shops on a street leading to the Ketchaoua Mosque (L) in the historical Casbah district of Algiers. AFP PHOTO/ FAROUK BATICHE
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Sixty years on, the war of independence from France remains a defining moment for Algeria and its elite, like 79-year-old Zohra Drif, a senator who once set off a bomb that left three people dead.On the night of Nov. 1, 1954, known as "Toussaint Rouge" (Red All Saints Day) because it coincided with the Catholic festival, some 30 explosions rocked government targets in the colony which had been under French occupation for 132 years, leaving seven people dead.The war of independence still forms the core of the legitimacy of those in power in present-day Algeria, even if its influence is starting to wane.Now aged 77, Bouteflika is a war veteran who became Algeria's youngest minister at the age of 25 .
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