A prominent veterans association, the FNACA
, spearheaded this drive to memorialize using street names, by drawing on its strength, particularly at local level and in relation to local government.
These manifestations of an alternative or counter-memory co-existing alongside a more conventional national practice are visible in the Pyrenees-Orientales where the same issue of the local newspaper reported on the gathering of members of the Federation nationale des anciens combattants d'Afrique-du-Nord (FNACA
) at Prades on 19 March to commemorate the cease-fire, and the commemoration of 26 March by exile groups including Recours-France and the Cercle Algerianiste at the memorial to the rapatries in the cemetery at Le Haut-Vernet (L'Independant, 26 mars 2001, pp.
The organization of French Veterans of the Algerian War, FNACA
, has struggled to little avail in an attempt to re-insert the memory of the Algerian conflict, and of their part in it, into the French national consciousness of that nation's wartime history.