MOROCCO: Cleaning Up Tangier

One by one they were disappearing or going straight—those worldly cities that make so glamorous a backdrop for TV thrillers. Now it was the turn of Tangier.

Along the gleaming Boulevard Pasteur the luxury shops were empty, and the innumerable stalls of the city's moneychangers were closed in protest. Unexpectedly Morocco's King Mohammed V had issued a dahir (royal decree) revoking the charter he had granted Tangier in 1957 after his government took over the international free city from its eight-nation administration. At the time, the King had promised that the "free...

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