Three ministries in Algeria end the use of French within their institutions

Following the Ministry of Vocational Education and Training Professionals and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security announced that it banned the use of French in their institutions.

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In a written statement made by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, it was noted that the use of Arabic in all official correspondences, declarations, and signboards within the institution was made compulsory.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Vocational Education and Training Professionals made it mandatory on October 22 to use Arabic in all official communications, including the internal correspondence.

It remains unclear whether this step taken by the ministries in question is a government-wide decision.

In Algeria, most of the ministries, with the exception of the Ministry of Defense, use French extensively in their internal correspondence. In Algeria, where Arabic is the official language, Berber is accepted as a second official language.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s accusatory statements against Algeria in the Le Monde newspaper on October 2 had escalated the tension between the two countries.

Thereupon, in a written statement from the Algerian Presidency, Macron’s statements were described and condemned as “an unacceptable insult to the memory of more than five million martyrs who resisted French colonialism.”

Furthermore, it was reported that Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune immediately recalled Mohammed Anter Daoud, the ambassador of his country to Paris, for consultations. It was later announced that Algeria closed its airspace to French military aircraft.

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