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Amid a strict lockdown, Renault Maroc to exceptionally repatriate its stranded executives

Closed until further notice, Moroccan borders will open exceptionally on Tuesday to welcome Renault Maroc executives via two flights from France and Romania. The news was confirmed by French group Avico.

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While 32,000 Moroccans, stranded abroad since March, are awaiting repatriation, special flights linking Europe to Morocco have been authorized to return to the Kingdom. Indeed, Renault executives, mainly based in Tangier and Casablanca, will be repatriated from Paris (France) and Bucharest (Romania) on Tuesday, May 26.

The repatriation operation, which was almost going to go unnoticed, is taking place as automobile giant Renault has been gradually resuming activities in its Morocco factories since April 27.

Leaving the Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport earlier today, a special plane is expected to arrive in Tangier at around 6 p.m. (local time), according to travel data available on the Avico platform.

Total radio silence at Renault Maroc

Furthermore, well-informed sources told Yabiladi that these flights were mainly motivated by economic reasons and the resumption of industrial activities in the Kingdom. The repatriation operation does not include the family members of these high-ranking managers.

Contacted by Yabiladi on Tuesday, Avico did not deny the claims and instead left the ball in Renault’s court. «We do not wish to comment on this topic and we leave it for Renault to answer these questions», said the air transport group.  

On the other hand, the ministry of industry, trade and green and digital economy is not aware of this repatriation operation, a source within the department said. Yabiladi couldn’t reach Renault Maroc for a comment.

The repatriation irritates thousands of Moroccans stranded abroad. In a Facebook group, some of these nationals stranded abroad called for observing sit-ins in front of Moroccan consulates and embassies abroad to protest against this exceptional green light granted to the French car manufacturer. 

However, this is not the first time that Morocco makes exceptions for economic reasons. Five days ago, 248 Moroccan agricultural workers were able to return to Italy, as part of an operation co-organized by the European country and the Moroccan embassy.

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