Washington DC - French car maker Peugeot Citroen’s decision to build an assembly plant in Morocco came as a slap in the face for the Algerian authorities. Algeria unsuccessfully lobbied to host the factory in the city of Oran. As French, American and Chinese companies continue to invest in Morocco, Algerian officials have been intensifying their anti-Morocco rhetoric in an effort to distract domestic public opinion from the government’s failures to attract investors and create jobs.

Hassan Masiky was born in Kenitra, Morocco, and is based in Washington as a blogger and freelance writer.