French Gen Marcel Bigeard dies aged 94

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One of the most decorated French soldiers, who fought in the country's wars in Algeria and French Indochina, has died.

Gen Marcel Bigeard, 94, died on Friday, his wife told news agency Agence France-Presse.

Gen Bigeard was a commanding officer during the battle of Dien Bien Phu and the Battle of Algiers.

In 2000 he caused controversy in France by telling a newspaper that torture was a "necessary evil" in Algeria.

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