Extract from the book ‘Quatre Nuances de France’ by Rachid Arhab, Karim Bouhassoun, Xavier Driencort and Nacer Safer:
These encounters, those individuals I met, these friendships which I have created and guarded, as ambassador first, as a friend afterwards, I know that they constitute, beyond appearances, real Algeria which will have to play a role tomorrow. Even today, I phone or write to these friends to wish them a happy Eid. I think of these chiefs of companies with whom I dined regularly, gathered around Nassim Kerdjoudj, Samir Aït Aoudia, Hassen Khelifati, Lyes Boudiaf, Slim Othmani, Mourad Oulmi, Nadir Fechkeur, Laurent Stefanini whose spirit I appreciated. Initiative, the will to undertake, the thirst for cooperation and the desire to succeed. To set an example. They represent an Algeria that moves and believes in the future.
Delighted to know that Xavier Driencourt is now the ambassador of Embassy of France in Algeria: http://www.jeuneafrique.com/mag/404907/politique/algerie-xavier-driencourt-de-retour-a-lambassade-de-france/
Lyes Boudiaf was decorated as knight of the honorary order and merit of the State of Portugal in 2013.