French colonial influence is not only seen in the language used by Moroccans but by the actual city of Marrakech itself, the primary example of this is the area of Gueliz which was built by the French and the name is thought to originate from a corruption of the French word eglise, meaning church.
According to the OIF, 33% of Moroccans speak French , among them 13.5% fully francophone and thus bilingual with one of the other Moroccan languages, and 19.5% partially francophone. According to the 2004 census, nearly 69% of literate people can read and write French .
March 30, 1912
Morocco became a French Protectorate through the Treaty of Fez in 1912.
This map shows the division of colonized Morocco between Spain and France . The French Protectorate(green) controlled a larger portion of Morocco than the Spanish Protectorate(pink/red). The coastal city, Tangier(yellow), was an international zone while the rest of Morocco was taken over.
7 Spectacular Things Morocco is Known For The Sahara Desert. When most people choose to travel to Morocco , it’s to see the famed Sahara Desert. Hassan II Mosque. Mint Tea and Pastries. Majorelle Garden. The Architecture. Todgha Gorge. Tagine.
Moroccans are the second-largest non-EU nationality present in France , with 755,400 people, or 18.4% of the total immigrant population.
Casablanca in Morocco is often overlooked as a travel destination, since most tourists bypass the city and head on to Marrakech and Fes. But instead of immediately hopping on a train or connecting flight, it’s worth it to spend at least a day or two discovering all the things to do in Casablanca .
According to the Moroccan constitution, Islam is the religion of the state , and the state guarantees freedom of thought, expression, and assembly.
During World War II, Morocco , which was then occupied by France, was controlled by Vichy France from 1940 to 1942 after the occupation of France by Nazi Germany .
The northern zone became part of independent Morocco on 7 April 1956 , shortly after France had ceded its protectorate (French Morocco). Spain finally ceded its southern zone through the Treaty of Angra de Cintra on 1 April 1958 , after the short Ifni War.
French Moroccans or Franco- Moroccans ( French : Franco-marocains), are French people of Moroccan descent living in France . Following the French protectorate in Morocco from 1912 to 1956, many Moroccans chose to immigrate to France from the 1960s to the present due to France’s favorable economic conditions.