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French journalists face King Mohammed VI preliminary extortion charges

Published 29/08/2015

Two French journalists have been accused of trying to extort money from Moroccan King Mohammed VI
Two French journalists have been accused of trying to extort money from Moroccan King Mohammed VI

French authorities have handed two journalists preliminary extortion charges on accusations they tried to blackmail Moroccan King Mohammed VI.

The Paris prosecutor's office said French writers Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet were released under judicial supervision after being given the charges.

A French lawyer for the king said the journalists demanded three million euro (£2.1 million) in exchange for not publishing a compromising new book about Mohammed VI. He said they were arrested in a sting operation.

The two are known for their critical writings about the king.

The case has drawn widespread attention in Morocco, where the monarchy is considered above criticism.

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