I could email you a scan of a signature, I suppose. *g* (or one could order signed copies of the first two books from Bakka Phoenix books in Toronto, or of all five from Mysterious Galaxy.)
Anything I know about the Algerian war of independence was picked up entirely by accident, I'm afraid. (It involved French people. And Charles de Gaulle. And the French army nearly invaded Paris for some reason having to do with communists.)
I have failed you.
I hate it that the world is full of things I don't know a thing about.