During the occupation of Algeria, the French fetishized local women by forcing them to remove their veils and pose for pictures like this.
This was basically just “oriental porn” back in the day, when women from MENASA were (& still are, for the most part) viewed as forbidden fruit.
The idea behind these disturbing pictures was that French men were liberating “oppressed” Algerian women from their backwards culture and traditions. The forceful removal of the veil also symbolized the white man’s power over these young ethnic girls.
The Algerian females, many of whom were underage, resisted using their facial expressions and body language.