"I did not come here ... to seek repentance or (make) excuses. I speak what is the truth, what is history," he said.
"I'm not here to open the closets. I'm here so that we can build a new house together," Hollande said. "The most important subject is the future."
He said he has invited Bouteflika, 75, for a state visit to France. Next year Hollande will visit neighboring Morocco and Tunisia, also former French colonies.
Elaine Ganley reported from Paris. Sylvie Corbet in Paris contributed to this report.
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