The book “Mohammed VI ou la monarchie visionnaire”(Mohammed VI or the Visionary Monarchy), by Charles Saint-Prot, Director General of the Observatory of Geopolitical Studies of Paris, was presented, Saturday in Marseille, during a conference-debate organized by the Moroccan Consulate with the support of the city of Marseille, on the occasion of the celebration of the 76th anniversary of the Independence Day.
This conference-debate, held at the city hall of the 1st district of Marseille, in the presence of the Mayor Mrs. Sabine Bernasconi, was marked by the interventions of the Moroccan Consul in Marseille Younes Dirhoussi, Jean Roatta, Deputy Mayor in charge of international relations, as well as that of Professor Charles Saint-Prot.
The great specialist in Morocco and the Middle East, Charles Saint-Prot addresses in his book “Mohammed VI ou la monarchie visionnaire”, the singularity of the Moroccan model and its success in a particularly disturbed international and regional context. In this book, he sets out his views on the political, economic and social achievements made since the induction of King Mohammed VI on July 30, 1999.
“There is unquestionably a Moroccan exception and we must ask ourselves why,” Charles Saint-Prot said during the conference-debate. “Why is Morocco one of the best performing countries in the southern Mediterranean and, certainly, one that has a real global development project? Why does Morocco offer the image of a modern nation? The answer is that Morocco is a monarchy, he said.
“Indeed, it is thanks to the monarchy that Morocco is an exception in the southern Mediterranean,” he said, adding that while “other regimes are somehow falling, more or less quietly, the Kingdom of Morocco is characterized by a national, popular and dynamic institution. This result owes everything to the monarchy and the vision of HM King Mohammed VI who is working to build a modern Morocco in line with its national tradition”.« En effet, c’est grâce à la monarchie que le Maroc constitue une exception au sud de la Méditerranée », a-t-il dit, ajoutant qu’alors « que les autres régimes s’assoupissent, plus ou moins tranquillement, dans une torpeur mortifère, le Royaume se caractérise par une institution nationale, populaire et dynamique”Indeed, it is thanks to the monarchy that Morocco is an exception in the southern Mediterranean,” he said, adding that while “other regimes are somehow falling asleep, more or less quietly, the Kingdom of Morocco is characterized by a national, popular and dynamic institution. This result owes everything to the monarchy and the vision of HM King Mohammed VI who is working to build a modern Morocco in line with its national tradition”.
According to Charles Saint-Prot, “the monarchy enjoys a broad consensus because the Moroccan people know that it is part of Morocco’s DNA”. In fact, the monarchy “guarantees those precious assets that are national unity, independence, progress and, of course, long-term vision”.
The Director General of the Observatory of Geopolitical Studies, who insisted that the Franco-Moroccan relationship is a good example, stated that “in all respects, the reign of His Majesty the King is marked by the will to progress so as not to miss the appointment of history”. And to stress that “thanks to the monarchy, Morocco has a precise objective and a strategy to continue its progress in good conditions”.
“Morocco is fortunate to have a popular and national monarchy in constant evolution, a monarchy that gives it an advantage over other countries. Morocco’s strength is the historic pact between the Throne and the people. The visionary monarchy organized by HM King Mohammed VI is truly an asset for a modern and dynamic Morocco,” he said.
For his part, the Moroccan consul in Marseilles said, during the conference moderated by Laurent Weil, journalist, founder and manager of the communication group Bleu Dixit, that the commemoration of January 11, 1944 has a strong symbolic significance and is an opportunity for the rising generations to know the national epics and the historical communion between the Throne and the people in defense of territorial integrity, religious values and national constants of the motherland”. He also stressed “the importance of Charles Saint-Prot’s book, which sheds an honest and unbiased light on Morocco”.
Jean Roatta, also president of the Morocco “Country Group” at “Cités Unies France” and a great friend of Morocco, recalled the importance of cooperation between France and Morocco in the southern Mediterranean. He also praised the agreement between the two nations in the service of North-South dialogue and regional stability, pleading for a revival of decentralized cooperation.
This conference-debate was followed by the book signing of Charles Saint-Prot’s book and an exchange with the many participants.