Rabat - France's Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll is said to have attended an event organized by pro-Polisario Front associations in the French city of Le Mans.
Rabat – France’s Minister of Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll is said to have attended an event organized by pro-Polisario Front associations in the French city of Le Mans.
The visit of the French official indicates that the crisis between France and Morocco is deeper than analysts have expected.
According to the daily newspaper Al Massae in its January 14th edition, the French minister received explanations on the Sahara issue from the viewpoint of supporters of the separatist movement.
Le Foll was reportedly accompanied by the mayor of Le Mans, Jean Claude Boulard, a member of the French Socialist Party and also a senator for Sarth.
The pair was also told about the latest developments of the case, the newspaper added.
Last April, Le Foll called for the normalization of relations between Rabat and Paris during a trip to the kingdom where he had signed a series of bilateral agreements on family farming with his Moroccan counterpart Aziz Akhnnouch.
The French official said at the time that his presence in Morocco was “an expression” from the French government to “go beyond what has been considered as a regrettable incident.”
Le Foll referred to the February 2014 incident when half a dozen agents of the French judicial police went to the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco driven by three complaints raised against Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan secret services (DGST), accusing him of torture.
Tension between the two countries worsened when Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar went through a body search in Paris airport, which was dubbed by Morocco as “humiliating.”
Moroccan authorities reacted by suspending judicial cooperation with France.
Earlier this month, Morocco’s Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar said in an interview that “the time of France’s tutelage of Morocco is over.”
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