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On Thursday, the Moroccan authorities found the body of the French Consul General in Tangiers, Denis Francois, in his residence inside the French consulate there, according to a number of French-speaking Maghreb websites such as the Moroccan site “360”, “telquel” and “Moraco Diplomatic.”
The Moroccan 360 site indicated that according to the information available to him, the diplomat hanged himself in his room, and the site learned from informed sources that Francois committed suicide this morning, at about 7 a.m.
According to Moroccan Telquel sources, an investigation has been opened into the circumstances of his death at his residence inside the consulate, and a close source said that at the present time, the circumstances of his death do not seem to be confirmed by suicide, as was reported, and these circumstances were not the subject of any contact by the French embassy In Morocco.
In addition, no official information was provided about the motive for the incident.
It is reported that Denis Francois was appointed by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, nearly two months ago, succeeding Thierry Vallat, as Consul General of Tangier.
Denis Francois, born April 29, 1965, graduated with a master’s degree in public law, and joined the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in 1992, before being appointed as the head of the Asia and Oceania region within the country. The Agency for French Education Abroad (AEFE), between 1992 and 1995, he was Deputy Consul General in Montreal, between 2004 and 2009, and Head of the Office of Legal Policy and Human Resources Management, between 2013 and 2016.
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