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French President opens school in Damascus

September 4th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

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.


5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ?????? // Sep 5, 2008 at 3.37 pm

    shouldn’t we open a syrian school in return?
    i don’t feel comfortable about them openining schools and things on our land and we not doing the same on their land.
    and I was thinkikng of something, i really don’t know about it but did the french governmet ever applogize for their occuption to Syria?

  • 2 qunfuz // Sep 6, 2008 at 1.18 am

    I agree with Amniya’s sentiment.

    I remember being in Syria when Chirac visited, in the days of Hafez. When was that? I remember Chirac mumbling something then about the great relationship passing through some difficulties on occasion – I think he was referring to the deliberate crippling of the economy and the attempt to exacerbate sectarian tensions, in fact to split the country into several, known as the mandate.

  • 3 ?????? // Sep 6, 2008 at 1.57 am

    so they never appologized?

    i have read recently that Italy is going to hand Libya “a huge number of money” as a compensation for the damages they caused when they were occupying it!

  • 4 norman // Sep 7, 2008 at 5.15 am

    I think we Syrians should look at the future and for all who do not Like De Goul, should remember that he stopped arm shipment to Israel after the 1967 war and never restarted them .

  • 5 this too will pass // Sep 12, 2008 at 10.51 pm

    time to move on?

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