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Morocco raises stakes in diplomatic spat with ally France

Feb 28, 2014    

RABAT/PARIS (Reuters) - Morocco has halted judicial cooperation with France, blocking procedures from prisoner transfers to joint investigations, officials said on Thursday, in a growing dispute with its former colonial ruler over allegations of human rights abuses.French President Francois Hollande spoke to the Moroccan king this week to try to defuse the rare row with Rabat, an ally under fire from rights groups over police abuses, press freedom and judicial independence.Rabat on Saturday summoned the French ambassador after French police went to the Moroccan Embassy in Paris seeking to ques...

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