Should the MAE intervene urgently?

It has been more than a year since Moroccans have been refused their visas for France by the consular authorities. A situation that is beginning to weigh on Moroccans, who no longer know what the conditions for granting this ” sesame » or the reasons for refusal for certain cases.

In September 2021, France announced the reduction in the number of visas granted to Moroccans (50%), Tunisians (30%) and Algerians (50%), due to the “ refusal of these three Maghreb countries to issue the consular passes necessary for the return of immigrants expelled from France.

Following this announcement, students, doctors, architects, athletes, artists or even retirees whose children and grandchildren residing in France have had their visas refused without reasonable and convincing reason. Very recently, the young Moroccan rapper “ Toto »which is part of the BNJ City Block label, was refused his visa for his artistic tour in France.

In an opinion piece published on the Le Figaro “the former French President, François Hollande, expressed his regret at his country’s policy of drastically reducing visas granted to citizens of Maghreb countries and called for the relaunch of a win-win partnership with this region, of which he considered that France has ” a common destiny with it, which requires it, and Europe, to pay attention to it and be attentive to the challenges it faces, especially in such a turbulent period on an international scale..

In 2020, and according to data published by the French Ministry of the Interior, Moroccans obtained more than 98,000 entry visas to France, compared to 346,000 in 2019, 303,000 in 2018 and 295,000 in 2017.

In a question addressed to Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Parliament, Fatima Tamni, deputy of the Federation of the Democratic Left, raised the problem of many Moroccans deprived of French visas without reasonable justification, knowing that the consulate charges fees visa which amount to 1,000 Dhs (100 euros) and which are non-refundable, regardless of the answer.

In his question to Nasser Bourita, Tamni maintained that the measure adopted by France which consists in reducing the number of visas granted to Moroccans is surrounded by many “ of ambiguity”particularly in the face of the collection of visa fees and colossal sums without processing the files presented.

The FGD parliamentarian noted that some student application deadlines extend until September, questioning the procedures to stop this ” insult “ suffered by visa applicants, especially students who must have their ” sesame » within a reasonable time to avoid any delay in classes.

Otherwise, ” The world “ quoted the Consulate General of France in Rabat, which pointed out that ” dialogue continues with Morocco on immigration issues »without giving any explanation or detail on how Paris refuses visas and on the basis of what criteria.

Mustapha Tossa, a political scientist residing in France who confided in MoroccoLatestNews on the subject, considered that the problem is North African and has political and diplomatic dimensions, noting that the French media do not even talk about it as if the problem did not exist.

According to the political scientist, the problem is not presented as an element likely to change the nature of relations between France and the Maghreb countries, noting that the French leaders took the decision and kept it in the forefront diplomatic only.

The French decision, continues the analyst, came in response to the failure of these three Maghreb countries to return their citizens residing illegally in France, underlining that the maintenance of this policy during the second mandate of Emmanuel Macron proves the absence of any diplomatic or media approach to obtain a change.

In order to overturn this decision, Mustapha Toussa considered it necessary for the subject to be broached by the French media, and to show that this affair is a collective loss, especially for France which is in the process of spoiling the quality of its relationship with Maghreb companies. .

But is the French press not aware of this problem, or is it turning a deaf ear by adhering in silence to the restrictive policy of its country while it advocates democracy and human rights, the right to move freely between borders?

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