FIFA World Cup 2022: Following France’s semifinal victory against Morocco, riots break out in Lyon.


Due to the French colonial rule of Morocco for more than 40 years, from 1912 until its independence in 1956, there is a history of hostility between the French and Moroccan people.

One of the reasons Morocco has a sizable diaspora in France is said to be its colonial heritage. Five million Moroccans live in France, a relatively small proportion of the over 38 million people that call the North African nation home. With about 18.4% of the total population as of 2019, they were the second-largest non-European Union immigrant community in France.

A few Comments by others

“Gérald Darmanin, it is important that you take solid, resolute action. The far right’s unrestrained violence on Lyon’s streets is something I condemn with the highest seriousness. I stand with everyone who was impacted or a witness, the lawmaker EELV Mari-Charlotte Garin wrote on Twitter. The interior minister is Darmanin.

Thomas Rudigoz, a former mayor of the area, also denounced the unrest, saying: “Once again, tiny groups of the extreme right are involved in violent assaults that bring to mind the worst days of the French far right. These neo-fascists must be apprehended and harshly punished, and their movements must be disbanded as part of our unyielding reaction.

Also last week, there were disturbances at the Champs Élysées in Paris when Moroccan and French football fans clashed during their celebrations, forcing the French police to use tear gas. Former contender for the French president and far-right politician Eric Zemmour had previously stated in an interview on BFM TV: “I find it funny that there are more individuals who are supposed to be French who celebrate Morocco’s triumph on the day France wins. You cannot support either side.

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