During Algerian decolonization, one episode was the Cafe War, when the mainstream Algerian independence group FLN and the communist MNA killed each other's members. This left several thousand dead in France alone.

In leftist (communist) texts, I've often found a passing reference to the FLN as being on basically the 'right' side (anti-colonialism), but no mention of the Cafe War. I understand that during the Algerian War of Independence, anti-imperialism was not yet the big deal among communists it became later. Still, I would expect communists and socialists to have an opinion on the whole affair.

Was the Cafe War widely discussed in the European and international left when it happened, and what were the major points in that discussion?

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    Were the MNA really communist? I'd only ever seen them described as nationalist. I know the Parti Communiste Algérien initially opposed independence but changed its mind. I think it maintained fairly neutral relations with FLN until independence. – Uri Zarfaty Nov 11 '15 at 8:57
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    @UriZarfaty Good question. The articles linekd describe them as communist. If the left thought of them as communist should be relevant for the question. – mart Nov 11 '15 at 9:17

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