An electronic petition to collect signatures for the “break with France” in Morocco

The linguistic debate in Morocco, which is related to the use of French in the teaching of some subjects or in public administrations and institutions, is renewed after activists launched a digital campaign under the hashtag “No to France”, in which They ask for the signature of a digital petition, which was signed almost on the fifth day of its publication by some six thousand people, an average of more than 1,000 signatures per day.

The organizers of the petition, published electronically, chose to sign on one of the most famous international petition websites, entitled “Yes to linguistic justice in Morocco and no to France”, with the hashtag “No to France”, which escalated among the most popular on social networks in Morocco, No. Especially on “Twitter” and Facebook, in recent days, amid growing demands for “the institutionalization of a break with the language of the colonizer”.

“Morocco is not a French province”

The text of the petition, seen by Hespress, includes opposition to “teaching in French, as well as the use of French in official institutions”, while calling for “teaching in Arabic, the main and official language in the Kingdom of Morocco, which expresses the linguistic communality between the various components of the country’s segments”, according to the description of the authors of the petition.

A week before the start of a new school season in Morocco, the same source called “the bloc as Moroccans, especially the men and women in the education sector, including teachers, administrators, educational inspectors, parents, various institutions of civil society, and even all agencies and institutions concerned about the future of the country and its children, in order to put pressure on decision makers to put an end to this great injustice and the dangerous trend that does not serve the present and the future of our students in everything, and predicts a catastrophic failure of the educational system and a further decline in scientific research and a decline in the level of higher education.

The text of the petition said that “the Frenchification of education in the country, which is aimed at young age groups and basic stages such as preparatory education, in which the real basis for building mathematical logic and the scientific method is explicitly the student, is a fatal blow that condemned current and future generations to inevitable failure.” He explained that “the majority do not understand French, and those who understand it most of them, despite their few, are not able to use it better than learning science in their Arabic language.”

The authors of the petition considered that “there is no justification for those who forced Moroccans to learn exclusively through French, but to manipulate the future of this people and forcibly link it to a miserable past and sterile and authoritarian Francophone thinking.” , they warn. that “imposing French on Moroccans is a crime (…), which must be eliminated immediately.”

They pointed out, in the same context, that “the insistence on using French in public administrations, including the education sector, is a blow to Moroccan identity and a consolidation of the idea of ​​subordination to France, and this directly and seriously affects the sovereignty and independence of the country.

The petition added that “The Framework Law 51.17 of 2019 includes serious damage to the future of education in Morocco and causes the continuation of the bloodletting that France of Moroccan higher education has caused decades ago and continues; It opened the door to the French domination of education and the elimination of linguistic pluralism in the form it contains”, calling on various organizations and institutions to “work immediately to promote the amendment of this law to fill the vacuum it created to save what that can be saved.”

“Adopting French as the language of instruction and indoctrination of students implies disrespecting the orientations, values, constitution and language of the country”, confirms the text of the petition, whose authors seek, by collecting signatures, to draw attention of decision makers. to the need to “learn languages ​​and improve the conditions to teach them in their assigned classes in order to allow students to communicate with their external environment”, highlighting “relentlessly fighting the long battle of the soul, without stopping publishing in the hashtag #No_French, share the petition, request its signature and interact with its content until the total achievement of its objectives”, as they put it.

“A renewed vindication against transgressive language”

Fouad Bouali, head of the National Coalition for the Arabic Language in Morocco, said that “the petition calling for the expulsion of French from the Moroccan school is not a new issue, but has been renewed and repeated from colonial times until now. ”, explaining this by saying: “It is not just a language for scientific communication.” The technical, or even the language of science, is rather a political and cultural language that tries to impose its burden on the receiver.

Bouali pointed out, in statements to Hespress, that Molière’s language “was beginning to lose, every day, important spaces in the field of scientific and technical communication, but in most African and North African countries it continues to be a conflictive language and colonial, and a language that tries to impose its culture and load of values ​​on the governing countries. It has an indisputable political character.”

The head of the National Coalition for the Arabic Language in Morocco recorded that “the fight against the French and their confrontation is, in its depth, confronting the French colonial tendency, which manifests itself politically, culturally, economically and even socially in a group of well-known demonstrations in Morocco”, explaining that this petition “is not new in terms of its theme and burden”, but it is as old as the confrontation against French colonialism”.

The same speaker concluded that “the current situation includes developments, perhaps the most important of which is the strategic, economic and political trend that Morocco has recently traced, which made it gradually get out of the yoke of power and French strategic hegemony, before to resume: “But despite that, (the party of France) still has control of the Moroccan economy and its educational and cultural tools.

Bouali stressed that “the commitment to save the public school is a commitment to save Moroccan society and the State from the control of the Francophone lobby, which is being dragged into a language that transcends scientifically and technically, after many studies that have shown that any development and development without the national language is a lost bet and the rumination of failure and backwardness”.

On the other hand, it is worth noting that the electronic newspaper Hespress made an effort to obtain the opinion of some “francophone” actors in Morocco or advocates of relying on the French language in education and others, but was unable to do so, as the phones of some of they kept ringing unanswered, while other phones were “not on”, it was impossible to get statements and answers about it.