The art of losing your best friends, by Fouad Laroui – Jeune Afrique

In recent weeks, the scene has been repeated several times. I ask a friend or colleague where he spends his holidays, he answers “Tetouan, for its beaches” or “Dakhla, for kitesurfing” or “the High Atlas for hiking and for its high perched valleys, which are wonderful”. But scratching a bit, I realize that if they spend the holidays in the country, it is by default: they have not received a visa for France.

like a stain

Some admit it with some embarrassment: the denial of the visa is like a defect. I try to console them by reminding them that Régis Debray, adviser as he was to a President of the Republic, Mitterrand in this case, It is silent you have been denied a visa to the United States. Small consolation: Che’s ex-companion could wear the refusal of the Yankee visa as a badge of honor. But they? What have they done to Doulce France? They did not take up arms against it, on the contrary, it was for them a second homeland, that of Montaigne, Voltaire and Hugo.


Morocco-France: a visa for anger

Some announce it with accents of cold rage, like the rapper ElGrande Toto, whose concert scheduled for August 11 in Sète was canceled because his visa was denied. Sète, the city of Paul Valéry, Jean Vilar and Georges Brassens, is twinned with my good city of El Jadida, which made the affront done to my friend Toto personal; who added that it was very likely that his next European tour, which was due to start in October, would also be canceled for the same reason. It’s sad.

Some of my friends have a good heart against bad luck. Applying for a visa for France has become a kind of lottery, they say. We try, and if we don’t have the right number, we go to Turkey. Not bad either, Turkey…


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This policy of restriction affects Morocco and Algeria, as well as Tunisia, but less harshly. Halving the number of Schengen sesame seeds granted to Moroccans and Algerians is a measure supposed put pressure on their States to take less time in recovering their unwanted nationals in France. I am not entering here into a discussion about the merits or not of this strategy. I only see the collateral damage it causes.

pride reaction

Several of my friends are now looking for an alternative to the French mission for their children – Belgians and Americans are on the rise. Some started sending me their messages. in English – I’m not kidding. A cousin who had never heard speak Arabic, a fan of France 2, Amélie Nothomb and Boris Cyrulnik, spoke to me the day before yesterday in DarijaDialectal Moroccan Arabic – to my dismay. At first I thought he had turned to Wahhabism; but no: visa denied, reaction of pride, goodbye Montaigne tongue…


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Dale Carnegie published his best-selling book in 1936 How to make friends, translated into dozens of languages ​​and still widely read today. One of the principles of the manual was: “Make the person you talk to feel that you care. To deny a visa to someone who meets all the eligibility conditions is to tell them they don’t count for anything. This is the opposite of what Carnegie advocated. It seems that some in Paris have read it backwards: they have become masters in “the art of losing better friends “.

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