French Ambassador in Algeria, his Excellency Mr. Xavier Driencourt, said that France is striving to maintain its strong relations with Algeria and to preserve the status of the French language regardless of the future of the situation in the country.
“We want to preserve the relations between the two countries, especially in the field of education, which is summarized by the absolute cooperation between the French and Algerian institutes, the exchanges between the universities, and the teaching of the French language, in the country,” Driencourt said in a statement to the media on Sunday evening.
“We’re keen to develop this heritage that we’ve both inherited,” he added.
“It is an opportunity for Algeria and it is an opportunity for France as well, which also has a lot to learn from Algeria. It is also an opportunity for the French, who were surprised, at what they have witnessed since February 22nd, the French people now know you better”, he stated.
“We, the diplomats, have been greatly impressed by the tremendous power of change that has been dormant in this country,” he further said.
“Within a few months we have found ourselves in a different Algeria, with new prospects, and today Algeria is not the one I have known during my years here,” Mr. Driencourt said, recalling: “Algeria has, within a short time, harked back to its old tradition of a revolutionary state “.