October 7, 2011

A ceremony of laying the foundation of the French Lycée was held in Baku

A ceremony of laying the foundation of the French Lycée in Baku was held on October 7. President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady of our country Mehriban Aliyeva attended the ceremony. 


President Ilham Aliyev greeted Head of the State of France Nicolas Sarkozy. Participants of the ceremony warmly welcomed the Presidents of Azerbaijan and France.


First, an agreement “On establishment of a French Lycée in Baku was signed between the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic and the Government of the French Republic”. The document was signed by Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on the Azerbaijani side and Anri de Renkur, the minister for cooperation affairs under the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, on the French side.


Heads of States made a speech at the ceremony.




The Presidents of Azerbaijan and France viewed the stand of the lycée-to-be.


Then foundation of the Lycée was laid.


President Ilham Aliyev and President Nicolas Sarkozy let the tube into the foundation. The Heads of states and the First Lady of Azerbaijan poured concrete into the foundation.


It was noted that the lycée, which will be constructed on the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, will open wide opportunities for temporarily and permanently living in our country French-speaking nationals and Azerbaijani citizens to receive education in this language. The education plan of the French school will cover the 12-year classic French education plan starting from a kindergarten. The education program will be taught in French in accordance with the requirements of the French national education system. A certificate to be given to pupil will meet the standards and requirements of the French National Education Ministry, and will be recognized by the ministry. School-leavers will gain the opportunity to continue their education at any French higher education establishment according to their choice.

The French President was informed that this education institution will be constructed in the “the White City” area of Baku. One of the interesting aspects of the “Baku White City” project, which is one of the biggest and unique projects being implemented in the world in the sphere of town-building, is that  a quarter of Paris will be built here.


Then the heads of states of Azerbaijan and France met with French businessmen working in Azerbaijan, and wished them success in their business.


President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva saw French President Nicolas Sarkozy off.