Attention! It’s not just rich tourists who apply for visas to France!

The minefield of visa applicants at the gates of TLS is pitiful: anger, sadness, fear, disappointment, disappointment, despair… Tears… Anger… A woman told me about assirate almoustaquime (“the tortures of the last judgment” ).

There was a time when the planet belonged to everyone. Gradually, the movement narrowed. Developed countries impose visas because of illegal immigration. Regulating the entry of foreigners, a small percentage of which will be illegal, legitimate. But closing the door to all bona fide visitors is unacceptable.

Especially since some of these countries enter visa applicants by force, with armies and military arsenals, stripping them of their wealth. If they forget it, the former colonized people remember it. This increases this sense of hogra (injustice) in the face of the denial of visas.

France’s stricter granting of visas to Moroccans is incomprehensible, unacceptable, deplorable.

The history of Moroccan immigration in France is a long one. In 1918, France had 15,000 Moroccan workers.

Until the 1950s, the French authorities in charge of Morocco traveled to the villages and countryside to select strong young men and put them on trucks, like cattle, to take them to France. These muscles contributed to the construction of France. To them were added the brave soldiers during the two world wars, some of them died for France.

In 1974, a slowdown in economic growth prompted France to offer back aid to encourage these Moroccans to return for blood. But they stayed and brought their families.

Moroccan immigration in France continues: illegal immigrants, but above all qualified, qualified people, who contribute a lot to the economy. And champions who raise the French flag high.

Moroccans are the second largest immigrant community in France, after Algerians: more than one and a half million.

This population maintains strong ties to those who bleed, including third and fourth generations, born and raised in France. If coming home during the holidays is sacred, receiving your family in France is too. The visa ban has created serious setbacks, even dramas.

When we talk about Schengen visas, we only think of tourists. We forget the mothers and fathers who were deprived of their children and grandchildren. We forget the sadder cases where the denial of a visa violates human rights and human values.

Visa applicants are victims of abuse. Long hours surfing TLS sites, these centers are equipped with the power they abuse. Adil: “time and time on the internet. The sites are stuttering. I filled out the forms and everything was canceled after two or three hours. Suffer!”

Getting an appointment was a miracle. The misfortunes of some make the happiness of others, the intermediaries gamble themselves with impunity: the price starts at 500 DH per appointment, up to 3,000 DH in August! Not to mention the fraudsters who claimed many victims.

But the appointment does not guarantee a visa: “My wife and I paid 2,000 DH for an appointment in France. In TLS, my file was rejected because I checked a box incorrectly. I asked for another appointment. Refusal! We missed our grandson’s baptism. I paid 3,000 DH to another intermediary for an appointment at the Spanish consulate!”

By allowing this situation to develop, France condones these frauds!

France’s refusal of visas shames reliable people: businessmen and women, artists, intellectuals, doctors … who bring more value to this country and who are rejected like criminals.

Another injustice: the fees are not returned in case of refusal. Visa applicants are not just wealthy tourists.

And what tragedies!

I will never forget a tragedy experienced in 2016. Rizlane, 33, lives in Belgium and has not seen his parents for two years. Pregnant, diagnosed with cancer in a flash. She gives birth and the husband is torn between the hospitalized wife and the baby who has no one to take care of him. Rizlane was hurt and admitted to his mother. For 15 days, I fought at the Belgian consulate in Casablanca to get his parents to come and kiss him one last time. I presented all the necessary documents, I assured that…Rizlane died…without the love of his parents.

June 2022. Khaddouje, 82, lost his son, a doctor in France. He dreams of spending the month of August with his grandchildren to ease their pain. He paid 2,500 DH to intermediaries who did not get a visa.

July 2022. Karima is on vacation in Turkey. His mother, in Morocco, young and in good health, died suddenly. Karima’s brother, 28, lives in France, has colon cancer and needs surgery in September. He had to have his mother by his side. Burdened by grief, Karima wanted to go to France with her brother. No visa appointment! Why is there no service for these dramatic cases?

There are happy events where the presence of loved ones is essential. Kenza: “My parents missed my wedding. In the town hall, I cried!”

The disagreement between our country and France on the repatriation of Moroccan nationals in an irregular situation must be dealt with at the diplomatic level and not by punishing the citizens, who are held hostage.

I am one of the Moroccan Francophones and Francophiles who are saddened by the injustices that undermine peace between peoples. Morocco and France have always built peace. May they remain so with respect for human dignity!

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