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France-Argentina: will Morocco supporters be behind France?

2022-12-15T18:42:09.815Z


TESTIMONIALS – For the most part, Moroccans claim to support the France team in the final against Argentina. Some supporters, however, prefer not to choose, or support any opponent, rather than the Blues.


I say congratulations to France, Morocco will be behind them in the final”.

After the defeat of the Atlas Lions who proved themselves worthy of their nickname on Wednesday, Morocco coach Walid Regragui announced that he would support the Blues for the final, like many Moroccans.

This is the case of Jihanne, 27 years old.

Of course I will support France, it is also my country

”, explains the young woman who has applied for nationality and will soon marry a Frenchman.

Already, during the semi-final, I got carried away with each action, French and Moroccan.

I was a winner either way

".

Jihanne arrived in France ten years ago and now works in a French arms company.

On social networks, Moroccans who show their support for the France team are by far the most numerous.

"

I was all for Morocco of course, but now: 'Allez les Bleus'

", also says Wallid, 30, Franco-Moroccan, in France for ten years.

"

Morocco is the team that made me dream the most: usually, their game is less interesting, but there, they beat Belgium, then eliminated Portugal and Spain

".

The young man specifies that he appreciates that there are "

many players of African origin

" in the France team.

I feel represented

,” he concludes.

Wallid, 28, is also Moroccan and has worked in France since 2012. He also chooses the Blues, even if he stresses that he feels "

Moroccan, not French".

"Besides, I don't have the

explains the young man,

"but I prefer the style of play of the French to that of the Argentinians, that's all".

Everything except France, or Islam above all

However, "

several people in my family are hoping for a victory for Argentina

", admits Wallid.

They are cousins ​​or uncles and aunts of 40 or 50 years old

”, explains the young man.

They are having a hard time digesting Wednesday night's defeat.

They are not really for Argentina, they are mainly against France.

It is an attitude of resentment vis-à-vis colonization, which is more frequent in their generation than in mine

”, he continues.

Thanks to its exceptional trajectory, the Moroccan team had united many Algerian and Tunisian supporters behind it.

For some, Morocco had even become the flag of the African continent for the world.

A unit that has sometimes fractured since the victory of France.

"

If they want to support the country that killed and colonized their ancestors, it's up to them

,” fumes Kader, a 26-year-old Algerian who has been in France for five years.

But for me, it will be Argentina!”.

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For others, Morocco was also a religious choice.

"I was behind Morocco because they are our Muslim brothers

", explains Fatima, a 28-year-old Algerian woman, in France since 2015. "

But now, I am neutral

".

For the young woman, it is faith that will determine above all the team she supports.

The same goes for Janna, 32, of Moroccan nationality, who explains that she "

supported Morocco, like all Muslims".

"Now that the best wins

," says the young woman.

One thing is certain, the World Cup is not just a sporting affair.

Source: lefigaro

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