French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius speaks during the session of questions to the government at the National Assembly, on February 25, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU
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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.Rabat on Saturday summoned the French ambassador after French police went to the Moroccan Embassy in Paris seeking to question the head of the domestic intelligence service (DRT) over torture allegations, following lawsuits filed against him in France by French-Moroccan activists.France, Morocco's top economic partner, is keen to resolve the dispute as quickly as possible, officials said.France has long supported Rabat's position on Western Sahara.Spanish actor Javier Bardem angered Morocco by quoting a French ambassador as saying Paris chose to ignore human rights abuses in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony that Morocco annexed in 1975 .
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