Lawsuit halts France-Morocco ferry services

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Two Moroccan ferries were barred from sailing from France Saturday after a writ was served on the operators for unpaid debts, a local French official said.

Nicolas Honore told AFP the debts to a Spanish company for work on the Biladi ferry amounted to some three million euros ($3.8 million).

The Biladi and its sister ship the Marrakech, which ply between the French Mediterranean port of Sete and Tangiers and Nador in Morocco, had been provisionally seized, he said.

The port of Sete was closed after some 350 people hoping to sail on the Biladi finally gave up late Friday, Honore said.

The agents for the operators, Comarit and Comanav, could not be reached for comment Saturday.

© 2012 AFP

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