Craven stood for the past, he was a link with the life the Francophile Arab was reluctantly surrendering.
I should say the same had it been Anglophile or Francophile.
1875, from Franco- + -phile. "A newspaper word" [OED]. Its opposite, Francophobe, is recorded from 1890 (implied in Francophobic; Francophobia is from 1862).