Fez - King Mohamed VI was welcomed with greeting worthy of royalty at the Paris COP21 summit. Received by French President Francois Hollande and UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, the Moroccan king created a buzz on social media with his grand entrance.
Fez – King Mohamed VI was welcomed with greeting worthy of royalty at the Paris COP21 summit. Received by French President Francois Hollande and UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, the Moroccan king created a buzz on social media with his grand entrance.
Being the late comer to the conference area, the king was supposed to be officially received by Harlem Désir, State Secretary for European Affairs, and Annie Gérardin. Yet the king thought it was too little for his reception. He then broke the protocol and waited until François Hollande, President of France, and Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, came clumsily jogging. Following the incident, the kind received praise for his self-esteem, pride and confidence.
Commenting on the incident, six guests in a Tunisian reality TV show described the king as “top” for his kingly manners and diplomatic etiquette.
While the Russian president Vladimir Putin and the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other presidents were received by less high ranking personalities, the Moroccan monarch was received indeed as a king. The six guests of the TV show couldn’t hide their infatuation with his personality, describing him as a smart king who spared his country the chaos and anarchy going on in the Arab World.
“Morocco now is a difficult equation at all levels. The French President François Hollande knows about the intelligence information Morocco provided France with, which spared the country another tragic bloodbath after the recent bombings in Paris. The king, thus, is worthy of such a warm reception by François Hollande,” one guest said.
“The king of Morocco is ‘top’. We remember how he got rid of his royal protocols for the sake of Tunisia and Tunisians in El Habib Bourguiba Avenue. Therefore, a thousand ‘top’ from me to the king of Morocco,” another guest said referring to the king’s ten-day visit to Tunisia in June 2014 and his free-of-protocol roaming in Tunis. Omar Fasstaoui, a Tunisian lawyer and social activist, told Morocco World News that Tunisians like the king for what he is, and especially for what he is doing to Morocco.”