Algiers was extremely proud to become only the second country in Africa to have a subway system after Cairo, as of November 1st, 2011.
The current project was first launched in the 1970's, but both financial and political problems delayed its construction for decades.
It should also be mentioned that the idea of a subway for Algiers dates back to 1928, but the various suburbs quarreled and the project was abandoned in 1935. The next project emerged in 1959, but it's not hard to imagine what happened with the war of independence and the final creation of the republic in 1962.
Anyway, the very first attempts at digging started in 1990, but the "sort of" civil war made things go really slowly until 2006.
And so now Algiers at last has its first subway line.
I suppose that it should be mentioned that it was built by the RATP, the Paris metro authority. And the Cairo metro was also built by the RATP.
I did notice that there is apparently still an "impasse Jean Baptiste Molbert" in Algiers, but there is no reference to the "rue Jean Baptiste Molbert" except on forums of former residents of Kouba talking about "the good old days."
I think Algeria still has lots of French names, though, at least compared to Vietnam, which kept only Louis Pasteur and Alexandre de Rhodes as the names that should not be erased. (Before anybody asks, Alexandre de Rhodes was the Jesuit who officially romanized the Vietnamese alphabet.)