Cambodian PM Gives Remarks on French Language

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia has once again given his remarks on the decline of the number of French speaking people in the country.

Cambodia is among the three countries (the other two are Laos and Vietnam) in Southeast Asia that are members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, but the number of French-speaking people has dramatically dropped, said Samdech Techo Hun Sen at the graduation ceremony of the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh this morning.

"The people who can speak French have passed away one after another, while the number of young people studying French is smaller and smaller," he noted.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen recalled that in the 1980s when he paid a visit to France, he asked all concerned parties in France to establish a French Cultural Centre in Cambodia, but his request was rejected at that time. This centre was finally created in the 1990s by French Foreign Affairs Ministry, but it seemed a bit late.

According the Premier, despite its decline, French language remains important in some domains in Cambodia such as administration, education and science.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press