Emmanuel Macron, the President of France will travel to Morocco to inaugurate the high-speed line between Tangier and Casablanca, the first high-speed section of Africa, said Wednesday the Elysee. Responding to the invitation of King Mohammed VI, the head of state will get on the fast train, “flagship project of the bilateral relationship between France and Morocco,” according to the presidency.
200 km long, this high-speed line is to connect in two hours 10 instead of 4:45 the two most dynamic regions of the kingdom, the Rabat-Casablanca and Tangiers, major hub between North Africa and the Europe.
Numerous French companies took part in the project: Alstom (supply of trains), the Ansaldo-Ineo consortium (signaling and telecoms), Cegelec (electrical substations) and the Colas Rail-Egis Rail consortium (tracks and catenaries). SNCF also provides project management assistance to the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF).
“This inauguration should pave the way for new forms of cooperation between Moroccan and French operators in the sector,” said the Elysée.