French President Nicolas Sarkozy's special envoy to North Korea said Wednesday that he hopes France will be able to open a new page in relations with Pyongyang but that diplomatic relations will not be established for the time being.
Jack Lang, a former culture minister and lawmaker, said he hoped France will be able to intensify its cooperation with North Korea, particularly in the field of culture and French-language instruction.
Sarkozy named Lang in October on a mission to see how France could help end the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program. The lack of relations between the two countries has hindered a more active French role.
Lang spoke Wednesday before an open hearing of the French National Assembly's commission on foreign affairs.