France Attempts to Overcome Tensions with Morocco

France Attempts to Overcome Tensions with Morocco


France's President Hollande greets Morocco's King Mohammed VI before talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris

French Agriculture Minister and government spokesman Stéphane Le Foll expressed France’s resolve to revitalize its ties with Morocco.

In the context a visit to the 9th International Agriculture Exhibition in Morocco (SIAM), Le Foll said that France is “resolved to overcome tensions resulting in what it clearly considers as an unfortunate incident.”  Le Foll also indicated that his visit to Morocco symbolizes this desire.

Morocco’s relations with France went through a tense period since the election of French President François Hollande. In February, Morocco’s central intelligence director Abdelattif Hammouchi was summoned by French justice while visiting Paris for accusations of “torture.”  This event resulted in Morocco’s decision to suspend its judicial cooperation with France, which is still effective today.