The outstanding problem in Franco-Moroccan relations - continued presence of French troops in Morocco - has at last been resolved.
The outstanding problem in Franco-Moroccan relations - continued presence of French troops in Morocco - has at last been resolved. At a recent cabinet meeting in Casablanca, King Mohammed said negotiations on the eventual withdrawal of some 30,000 French and 12,000 Spanish troops were expected to end in agreement soon. The French naval base in Casablanca - visited August 23 - together with the naval air bases at Kenitra and Agadir, were expected to be evacuated by the end of the year.
French forces in Morocco are mainly employed guarding airfields used for pilot training. The extra daylight enables a more intensified course to be given than would be possible in France.
Spanish forces are stationed at several towns in what used to be the Spanish Protectorate. Spanish troops are also stationed in the Ifni enclave. It was expected that 3,000 Spaniards still stationed in Northern Morocco would shortly be withdrawn as the French had now agreed to leave.
Main points f the agreement were that all French inland Army and Air Force bases would be evacuated by the end of the year and the French High Command wold be transferred from the capital, Rabat to the naval station at Kenitra. With the construction of United States bases in Spain, the importance of French Air Force operational bases in Morocco has diminished strategically.