Following a devastating earthquake in Morocco that has resulted in the loss of over 600 lives, French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed his heartfelt condolences and committed to providing support to the affected nation.
While en route to the G20 summit in India, President Macron conveyed his sorrow and solidarity through the social media platform X (formerly Twitter).
He acknowledged the profound impact of the earthquake and assured Morocco that France was prepared to offer essential first-aid assistance.
“We are all devastated after the terrible earthquake in Morocco,” President Macron stated. “France stands ready to help with first aid.”
The earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck a mountainous region located 72 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of Marrakesh, a popular tourist destination.
It occurred at 11:11 pm (2211 GMT) on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey. The powerful tremors reverberated through several coastal cities, including Rabat, Casablanca, and Essaouira.
Reports from Morocco confirm that this earthquake is the most powerful seismic event ever recorded in the country, underscoring the magnitude of the disaster.
Given the challenges faced by Morocco in the aftermath of this tragic event, international support, including that from France, is crucial in helping the affected population and supporting recovery efforts.