Future of France in North Africa

Archive Report

Changing Order in French North Africa

A pproval by the French cabinet, Sept. 12, of a compromise plan for governmental reforms in Morocco ended a tense month of negotiations between the Paris government of Premier Edgar Faure and representatives of French and native interests in the North African protectorate. The negotiations were punctuated, over the week-end of Aug. 20–21, by a savage wave of native outbreaks and French reprisals that extended from Casablanca on the Atlantic coast of Morocco to Constantine near the Mediterranean coast of the neighboring French territory of Algeria. The disorders, which cost the lives of more than 1,000 persons,1 brought to a head a major political crisis directly involving the future of France in the whole North African littoral and indirectly ...

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