Morocco king to meet Sarkozy in France

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Morocco's King Mohammed VI is expected to meet President Nicolas Sarkozy and the man expected to be his main challenger in 2012 polls during a private visit, a source close to the government said Wednesday.

The king is in France "for a few days of rest", the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He is expected to have talks with Sarkozy as well as Francois Hollande, who was recently designated the opposition Socialist Party's candidate in next year's elections.

Moroccan daily Akhbar Al-Youm also reported the king's visit and said "he could meet President Sarkozy and Francois Hollande to congratulate the latter on his victory in the Socialist primaries."

Mohammed VI and the French president last met on September 29 when Sarkozy attended the project launch of Morocco's French-made high speed train, the first in the Arab world.

Sarkozy had praised the king for the set of political reforms he undertook as popular uprisings demanding regime change and more democracy swept the region.

© 2011 AFP

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