Morocco sided with the Allies in World War II, and the country even served as the backdrop for important Allied meetings. On Thursday, August 14– nearly 70 years to the day since their deployment in France– twelve Moroccan WWII veterans were honored for their service by the French government in a formal ceremony. Aujourd’hui Le Maroc reports:
Twelve Moroccan fighters of the French Army who participated in the landings in Provence on August 15, 1944 during the Second World War were decorated in Paris by the French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian, at a ceremony held on Thursday, August 14, 2014, in the presence of the French Secretary of Veterans Affairs Kader Arif and the head of the Moroccan government Abdelilah Benkirane, among other dignitaries. The award was made on behalf of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande.