This unfair behaviour continued after the war.
Normally, soldiers receive a pension when they leave the army.
This pension is money from the French government.
It helps ex-soldiers to survive.
But the colonial soldiers received a smaller pension than the white French soldiers.
The government was not willing to change the system.
One former soldier from North Africa said:
"We helped win the war. But after it, no one thanked us.
North Africans did not have the same pension rights as French soldiers.
It is unjust. They should have changed the law a long time ago."
But now there is good news.
In September 2006 the French government announced that the law would change.
They have promised that former colonial soldiers will receive the same pension as former French soldiers.
This will cost the government over five hundred million dollars a year. A government minister said:
"This is a lot of money, but I think it is worth it. We need to recognize what these soldiers did for France."
But why did the government change its mind when it did?
People have been demanding changes for years.
Some think it is because of Rachid Bouchareb's film, "Days of Glory".
The French President, Jacques Chirac, went to see the film.
It affected him greatly.
But maybe it is not important to know why the government changed its mind.
France now recognizes what these colonial soldiers did for the country.
This is what matters. As Rachid Bouchareb says,
"I made this film to show we are part of France's history.
We belong to this country's past."