President Nicolas Sarkozy has opened a French school in Damascus.
Sarkozy is aiming to deepen ties between the two countries. He has opened a school in Damascus, named after Charles de Gaulle.
It is making some of the older generation uncomfortable, because they remember France’s brutal occupation of Syria.
The two countries have also signed a number of huge economic deals. The most important one is an agreement to allow the French oil company Total operate in Syria for the next ten years.
For the first time in years, the French tricolour flag covers most main roads in the Syrian capital, for Sarkozy’s first visit. It is also the first time a western head of state has come to Damascus for five years.
Thanks to Amniya for this.