By Mahmoud Seddik
By Mahmoud Seddik
Morocco World News
Taza, Morocco, November 14, 2011
While Tunisians, Egyptian, Libyans and Syrians have taken to the streets in waves to topple their authoritarian regimes, Moroccans, mainly in Tangier and Tetouan, are doing so in force to topple the French companies that were confided with the mission of handling their cities water and electricity distribution networks. How can we boast about our independence while French companies are still holding the reins of the most vital public services? The answer is always the painful reality that while French occupation left from the front door, they returned through the rear window in the form of giant companies whose interests have been already assured by a hodgepodge of opportunists in the Independence Party. Veolia, Lydec, RYDAL, Amandes and many others are actually real vampires that have been plundering and torturing the Moroccans with the unconditional support of a bunch of cousins and colleagues who were taught and trained in l’École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées de Paris and other elite schools in France.
Most recently, Moroccans were shocked when they heard of Sarkozy’s inauguration of the TGV high-speed train, construction of which was assigned to Alstom, another French multinational company. We all asked sarcastically “are we really in need of TGV while mules and donkeys are still the main means of transport for a considerable number of Moroccans, who also think days and nights before getting into dilapidated trains either fearing for their safety or lacking money for the expensive ticket?”. The truth is that it’s France that is in dire need to sign profitable deals for its hungry and salivating companies, and Alstom which has been saved from the crisis that is storming across Europe these days, with Moroccans who will pay the bill and spare France from the Greek nightmare. When we talk about TGV, of course, we also talk about what follows the construction, meaning maintenance, renovation, services, training and above all the employment of the French idles.
I once had the misfortune of meeting a French citizen who I thought was a tourist, but later in the discussion I discovered that she works for a French company here in Morocco. When I asked her about her degree, she replied proudly, “I am French” as if her nationality is enough to guarantee her a respected job with a great salary. Actually, Morocco has become a Mecca for the unemployed and desperate French people who are seeking work and whose only diplomas they often possess is their ID card or their red passport.
After having their unemployed people appointed and settled in good jobs in Morocco, the French government launched what is now called the “May 31 Circular.” This demands a stricter application of the law regarding the status of foreign students applying for work visas and tightens the number of permits issued. Accordingly, several Moroccan graduates’ students have been catapulted back to Morocco after being denied work visas. Therefore, the Moroccan government, which fails at dealing with the local unemployment situation, has to find a way to absorb a flow of graduates coming from France. Some of these students have studied in the most pioneering of the French institutions and have been imbedded in the culture and ideology. What I am afraid of is having another lobby, ready more than the first, to secure the French economic existence in Morocco. We have to bear in mind that France is still holding the colonizer mentality and Morocco, as long as it’s being lead by those traitors, will remain its backyard garden.
French relations with Morocco are governed by its interest and nothing but the interests of its giant companies and its people. Sarkozy, who once had the guts to deny the overthrown Zero Ben Ali’s request to be hosted in France, won’t give a second thought at throwing out Moroccan students for the prosperity and safety of his country.
Mahmoud Seddik is a contributor to Morocco World News.
Editing by Benjamin Villanti.
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