Morocco, Second Biggest Market for French Weapons in Africa

Morocco bought €127 million worth of French arms in 2016, making it the second weapon market for France in Africa, said the French Defense Ministry.

Morocco came second in terms of spending on French arms behind Egypt, which spent €1.3 billion in the same year, the Ministry said in a report.

Since 2012, French arm supplies to Morocco reached €655.2 million, against €212 million for Algeria.

The two North African countries, in addition to Egypt, represent the main market for French weapons on the continent.

Overall, Morocco stood as the 10th customer of French armament industry globally over the 2007-2016 period.

While Morocco has made an effort to diversify its sources of arms purchasing, France and the United States remain its top arms suppliers, the report said.

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