French President to Award Moroccos Intelligence Chief Legion of Honor

Rabat – French President François Hollande will honor Head of Morocco’s Domestic Intelligence Agency DGST Abdellatif Hammouchi with the country’s highest award, the Légion d’honneur (Legion of Honor), in a ceremony this September.Le360 quoted diplomatic sources as saying that François Hollande will award Morocco’s spy chief Abdellatif Hammouchi Les Insignes d’Officier de la Légion d’honneur as part of Hollande’s upcoming visit to Morocco, scheduled between late September and early October 2015.Hamouchi will receive France’s highest distinction for a foreign personality after being the victim of a judicial mishap on French soil in February 2014. Last year, French judicial authorities questioned Hammouchi about the allegations of torture while he was visiting Paris, prompting Morocco to suspend corporation agreements with France in protest.Relations between Morocco and France have been tense since then.In February 2015, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazaneuve said France would  show its respect for Hammouchi by awarding him Les Insignes d’Officier de la Légion d’honneur.The two countries resumed corporation in February following fruitful discussions at the Elysee Palace between President Francois Hollande and King Mohamed VI.President Holland is due to hold new talks with King Mohamed VI next September in Morocco, regarding a set of issues of common interest, such as enhancing security coordination and economic cooperation between the two countries.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission

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