French Archaeological Library Reopened in Afghanistan After 20 years, the French Archaeological Library in Afghanistan has been reopened by Bernadette Chirac, wife of the French President. The French Archaeological Library first opened in 1922, the project of French archaeologist Alfred Foucher. For the next fifty years, it specialized in the promotion of exhibitions on Afghan archaeology. Then, in the 1970's, war broke out, causing concern for the collection of over four tons of volumes. In 1982, the French delegation tried, unsuccesfully, to remove the books from the country. Now the library has been reopened with its collection intact.