Morocco, an outdated ardour of the French far proper | EUROtoday

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In Montpellier, on July 4, 2024, the effigies of Jordan Bardella, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the National Front, which became the National Rally, and Louis Alliot.

If it has stirred up the fears of twin nationals and the doubts of Moroccan college students, who type the biggest contingent of foreigners in French universities, the speculation of an arrival in energy of the National Rally (RN) after the second spherical of the legislative elections, Sunday July 7, can solely reassure the Cherifian energy, imagine many observers. Of all of the events within the working, that of Marine Le Pen may certainly show to be the surest pal of Morocco, regardless that the monarchy has gained sympathy all through the French political class.

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The alliance appears unnatural in gentle of the firmness advocated by the RN when it comes to migration coverage and the racist ideology of a number of of its members. But, with uncommon exceptions, it’s certainly from the acute proper that Morocco's most fervent supporters in France come.

“The struggle for independence mobilized relations on the Moroccan side with anti-colonial Catholics and men of the left, but we subsequently witnessed a shift to the right and, beyond that, to the extreme right, due to the authoritarian hardening of the regime during the reign of Hassan II.observes Benjamin Badier, doctor of contemporary history at the University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. Unlike Algeria, Morocco is praised for its supposedly good relations with France and its supposed absence of any post-colonial rancour. The country is also said to be distinguished by its monarchical nature, its stability and its ability to control Islamism, all of which appeal to the far right.

“The most reliable ally in the Maghreb”

One only has to listen to the calls for recognition by France of Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara. From Jean-Marie Le Pen, who in 2007 drew a parallel with “French Algeria”including MEP Thierry Mariani or the recently rallied RN Eric Ciotti (Les Républicains), the most pressing on the issue come from the extreme right.

“The RN is the one French political celebration which, if it involves energy, will acknowledge the “Moroccanness” of the Sahara”says geopolitical scientist Aymeric Chauprade, a former member of the National Front (FN, the forerunner of the RN). Although he left the party in 2015, the former member of the European Parliament (2014-2019) assures that he continues to support Marine Le Pen, for whom he was once an unofficial advisor on international issues.

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In [s]within the second nation », the place he says he has been going for twenty-five years, the person is recurrently in demand. From 2006 to 2009, he taught on the Royal College of Higher Military Education (CREMS), in Kenitra (middle), after which offered himself as a relay of affect for the FN, then the RN, going as far as to talk on the United Nations to defend the pursuits of the dominion. Questioned on 1er July by the location The360Aymeric Chauprade repeated it: “The RN considers Morocco as the most reliable and solid strategic ally in the Maghreb.”

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