Two Algerian ministries have decided to end their use of the French language in official correspondence in light of growing tensions between Algiers and Paris, Anadolu News Agency reports.
On Thursday, the Algerian Ministry of Vocational Training issued a circular on behalf of the minister, Yassin Merapi, asking staff to use the Arabic language in their official correspondence.
“I attach the utmost importance to the strict application of this circular,” added Merapi.
Likewise, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Abdel Razzaq Sabbak, also ordered the use of Arabic in the internal correspondence of the ministry from November.
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With the exception of the Ministry of Defense, all Algerian ministries use French in their correspondence and statements, although the country’s Constitution states that Arabic is the first national and official language, followed by Amazigh / Berber.
The decisions of the two ministries were taken in light of the current crisis between Algeria and France, following comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, considered by many Algerians to be insulting.
Algeria responded by recalling its ambassador to Paris and banning French military planes from using Algerian airspace on October 3.
Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Algerian authorities of stoking hatred against France.
The use of French spread in Algeria during 132 years of colonial rule by France between 1830 and 1962.