EU vs. Morocco: The European Parliament is in the lead, while France is being ambushed
For the first time in twenty-five years, a resolution criticizing Morocco’s human rights status was rejected this week in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. We anticipated the blow before witnessing it. Things have been getting ready ever since Sebta’s June 2021 resolution on migration, followed by Josep Borrell’s recent remarks on human rights in Rabat. But we must be careful not to err. The role of France in this situation is clear, and the European Parliament is just a vehicle. It is by no means a “conspiracy,” but rather a genuine conflict for power in which all force should be prohibited, yet…
The hand of “our friend France” is seen in multiple ways in this European parliamentary matter, employing alternately the Strasbourg institution and Belgium as a tool. Here, it is necessary to acknowledge a certain mastery of the art of manipulation, with Belgium constantly at the forefront. The small country is mentioned in the European Parliament vice-charge, president’s just as it was in another Franco-Moroccan case involving Imam Iquioussen, in which Belgium supported France. And more…
Let’s go back to the resolution from this week’s European Parliament. It was started by a number of organizations, including Renew and the Greens/EFA. President Macron’s French Renaissance party, chaired by one of his men-lige, Stéphane Séjourné, is a key part of the group Renew. As the game progresses, uncertainties are confirmed. Two French MEPs from the Greens/EFA, Karima Delli and Salima Yenbou, made a name for themselves in Morocco’s regular denunciation.
All of this is good, but the people who presented the draft resolution did not include any French MEPs, despite the fact that they rose to defend it in the niche. Instead, they were elected officials from Eastern Europe. Concealing oneself is a skill.
The authors of this resolution wrote a four-all-all text that passes everything without regard for the cases they are supposed to defend, including the Pegasus case, the Rif, women’s rights, torture, trade restrictions on high-tech goods, the “Hirak,” freedoms, and the highly critical Spanish journalist Ignacio Cembrero of Morocco. And all of this is included in a paragraph that is unusually brief by Strasbourg parliament standards.
Morocco is the objective, and we use every tool and weapon at our disposal to attack: Aziz Akhannouch is charged with trying to commit corruption (in the early 2010s!) by José Bové. Pegasus appeared to scare elected authorities and the European public, the French public service media are approaching, and the Moroccan ambassador to Poland is accused of bribing Brussels’ elected officials. No one speaks out against France, however, and a well-known lobbyist in the Strasbourg Parliament who, according to the CNDP, distributes video surveillance photographs of visa applicants to its 7 centers in Morocco every five minutes to foreign governments. A DGSE? Ignacio Cembrero asserts that she was most likely the catalyst for the 2014 Moroccan Wikileaks.
Official France under President Macron is actually upset with Morocco and is using other European ire against the country to better condemn it because of the country’s complete lack of support for the conflict in Ukraine. What is causing Paris to be so furious with Rabat? The geopolitical reorientation of the kingdom away from the remnants of the French sphere of influence and toward the USA/Israel bloc, as well as the gradual, low-key defrancisation of Moroccan society and the economy.
The services provided (by Lydec and others) won’t be renewed in 2026, French companies that hoped to escape with this massive project have been barred from using the deep-water port of Dakhla, Moroccan capital is starting to replace French capital in the banking sector (Crédit du Maroc for now), and English is gradually replacing French everywhere. The French presence in Africa was destroyed by Emmanuel Macron, who was also forced to leave the Sahel and jostle in Central Africa.
In their erstwhile colonial authority, the former colonies no longer recognize themselves. The relationship between the king of Morocco and Mr. Macron does not flow, and even the formal visit that was planned to take place before March 2023 appears to be jeopardized by this European Parliament resolution.
The resolution fails and is rejected, with the exception of the eternal ones who look forward to texts like these and who only see their nation through the eyes of Europeans. The two Houses of Parliament will convene to discuss this at the beginning of the week, but little will be accomplished other than probably a text as uninteresting as that of Strasbourg. Because in Morocco, where Europe is concerned, major decisions regarding its direction are made outside of parliament. The postponing of Emmanuel Macron’s visit to our gates once more and a more pronounced economic and military anchorage to other domains are two examples of how they will be binding without drums or trumpets.
Despite history and geography, Morocco needs to recognize that the EU is not and never has been its friend because a friend only makes suggestions and does not impose anything. The same EU is closing the loop by beginning to severely alienate Morocco after destroying its links with Russia to the north, Turkey to the east, and the United Kingdom to the west, all of which were more or less at the behest of France. The true means of self-defense—economic, political, social, legal, and judicial—will have to be provided by the latter.