Algerian Twitter users are expressing their opposition to the use of French on official documentation using the hashtag #No_to_French_on_official_
However many users are responding sarcastically to the hashtag, saying that the country has bigger problems to deal with first. French is not an official language of the country but is used frequently in government and in the media, given its colonial history.
@DjihadMustapha posted a verse on the Arabic language
@MedGaba is calling to respect the language
Algeria finally won its independence from France on July 5, 1962 following a conflict that lasted eight years and cost the country more than 1.5 million lives.
Thousands of people went missing, were tortured and raped.
The Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika repeatedly said Paris should be held accountable for crimes during French colonial rule.
@RachidBenali17 posted a poll on whether French should or shouldn’t be used on official documents
@5echanaOfficiel has posted a French commercial