On a geographical crossroad, the city of Korçë (in Korca area) exchanged with its nearby (Greece, Makedonia) or further (Italy, Turkey...) neighbors. Surprisingly, there is a link with France since the First World War.
The city was under French control from 1916 to 1920. Then they helped for the settle of Autonomous Republic of Korçë.
You can read the Wikipedia article for more details.
We also find a French lyceum (close to the hostel) from this time. Among other, Enver Hoxha studied there and the building is still used.