An article in Time Magazine reports that the French President Hollande has just reversed a long-standing policy of denial surrounding the killing as many as two hundred Algerian protestors in Paris in October of 1961. The Paris police at the time arrested hundreds of protestors, and some were beaten to death and drowned in the Seine. This history has long been well-documented by scholars (most notably in this recent book), and has been the subject of some films and novels. But the official recognition by the French government represents a significant political step.
Why do you think this is happening now? Why did Hollande chose to take this step?