The exceptional measures taken in response to the spread of Covid-19 resulted in nearly 10 thousand Frenchmen being stranded in Morocco. They are impatiently awaiting their repatriation.
Holidays, family or professional visits, they are today nearly 10 thousand Frenchmen in the Cherifian kingdom not knowing when they will be able to return home.
The state of health emergency decreed in the country of Mohamed VI in force since mid-March is extended until June 10. As a result, the borders remain closed. Air traffic therefore remains impossible. A situation that France is not in a position to change in the immediate future.
“It is the decision of a State – it is sovereign – to close its borders. It’s not just Morocco. So then it’s negotiated on a case-by-case basis. In Australia, we were able to reach a conclusion, in New Zealand, we have reached a conclusion, in China not for the moment, and in Singapore as well. In Morocco, little by little, with France and diplomatic support, we are succeeding in obtaining the implementation of special flights”, clarifies Anne Genetet, the MP for French Abroad.
“Morocco doesn’t want to put more, what do you want us to do about it? It’s a bad-luck mistake that it fell on them, this border closure, but it has also allowed Morocco to contain the epidemic, since the number of cases remains very low in Morocco”, she acknowledges afterwards.
Many fear for their jobs and are living a nightmare. Nevertheless, the administrative procedures are continuing and everything leads us to believe that a favourable outcome will be found in the coming days.