French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI have inaugurated Morocco’s first high-speed rail line, the first ever such line in Africa.
The $2bn project was launched in September 2011 by the king and Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France, which jointly funded the line with several Arab states.
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Known as the LGV – French for “high speed line” – it will connect the economic hubs of Tangier and Casablanca in 2 hours 10 minutes at a speed of 320 km/h instead of almost 5 hours on a regular train.
Morocco bought 12 high speed trains from French train manufacturer Alstom.
The king named the first line Al Boraq after a mythical winged creature that transported the prophets to the heavens.