Why President Macron chose Morocco for his first visit outside Europe

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Emmanuel Macron's first visit beyond Europe as French head of state was to Morocco, where anti-corruption protests have caused unprecedented unrest over the past seven months. The visit brought succour to the embattled kingdom but was also a little unsettling for Rabat, which has yet to fully understand the new Macron administration. But it was essentially a trip to signal continuity in Franco-Moroccan relations. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

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Amid a vociferous protest movement in Morocco, French President Emmanuel Macron chose the kingdom as the destination for his first official visit outside Europe just a month after his election. According to officials at the Élysée Palace the trip was a purely private visit to King Mohammed VI.