Famous people from Morocco
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Hip hop Artist
Karim Kharbouch, known by his stage name French Montana, is an American rapper born in Morocco. He is the founder and CEO of Cocaine City Records. In 2012, he signed a joint venture recording deal with Maybach Music Group and Bad Boy Records. Montana is known for his frequent collaborations with Max B, and more recently with Rick Ross along with his group Coke Boys which includes rappers Chinx Drugz, Cheeze, and Flip. His debut album Excuse My French was released on May 21, 2013.
Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez, known as Jean Reno, is a Spanish-French actor. Working in French, English, Japanese, Spanish and Italian, he has appeared in numerous successful films such as Crimson Rivers, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, The Pink Panther, Ronin, Les visiteurs, The Big Blue and Léon: The Professional.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika is an Algerian politician who has been the fifth President of Algeria since 1999. Previously he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979. As President, he presided over the end of the bloody Algerian Civil War in 2002, and he ended emergency rule in February 2011 amidst regional unrest. He has also served as president of the United Nations General Assembly. Protests in Algeria took place between 2010 and 2012; protesters demanded a regime change, as well as solutions to problems with unemployment, corruption, restrictions of freedom of speech, and poor living conditions. During the Libyan civil war, Bouteflika refused to allow coalition aircraft to pass through Algerian airspace. In November 2012 he surpassed Houari Boumédienne as the longest-serving President of Algeria.
Ibn Baṭūṭah, or simply Ibn Battuta, was a Moroccan explorer of Berber descent. He is known for his extensive travels, accounts of which were published in the Rihla. Over a period of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited most of the known Islamic world as well as many non-Muslim lands. His journeys included trips to North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa and Eastern Europe in the West, and to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance surpassing threefold his near-contemporary Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta is considered to be among the great travellers of all time.
Gad Elmaleh is a Moroccan and French stand-up comedian and actor. His latest show is called Sans Tambour. He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, La Doublure and Midnight in Paris.
Mohammed VI of Morocco
Mohammed VI is the current King of Morocco. He acceded to the throne on 23 July 1999 upon the death of his father, King Hassan II. His birthday is a public holiday.
Guy Forget is a French former professional tennis player. During his career, he helped France win the Davis Cup in both 1991 and 1996. Since retiring as a player, he has served as France's Davis Cup team captain.
Hassan II of Morocco
King Hassan II; 9 July 1929 – 23 July 1999 was King of Morocco from 1961 until his death in 1999. He was the eldest son of Mohammed V, Sultan, then King of Morocco and his wife Lalla Abla bint Tahar.
Adel Taarabt is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Fulham on loan from Queens Park Rangers as an attacking midfielder and can also be used as a winger. He began his playing career in France at Lens before moving to English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur in 2007. Having been unable to break into the first team at Spurs under either Juande Ramos or Harry Redknapp, Taarabt moved to QPR on loan in July 2009. He was signed permanently in August 2010 and quickly established himself at Loftus Road. He represented France at youth levels but opted to play for his native Morocco at senior level making his debut in February 2009.
Professional Road Racing Cyclist
Richard Virenque is a retired French professional road racing cyclist. He was one of the most popular French riders with fans for his boyish personality and his long, lone attacks. He was a climber, winning the King of the Mountains competition of the Tour de France a record seven times. He is best remembered as the central figure in a widespread doping scandal in 1998, and his being regularly displayed as a moronic rubber puppet with hypodermics in his head on the satirical television programme, Les Guignols de l'info. Virenque finished twice on the podium in the Tour de France and won several stages, among them Mont Ventoux in 2002. He is the 18th rider in the Tour to have won stages over 10 years apart.
Dominique de Villepin
Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin is a French politician who served as the Prime Minister of France from 31 May 2005 to 17 May 2007. A career diplomat, Villepin rose through the ranks of the French right as one of Jacques Chirac's protégés. He came into the international spotlight as Foreign Minister with his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq which culminated with a speech to the UN. Villepin was indicted in connection with the Clearstream affair, but was subsequently cleared of charges of complicity in allowing false accusations to proceed against presidential rival Nicolas Sarkozy regarding bribes paid on a sale of warships to Taiwan. Villepin has enjoyed a modest return to public favour for his public critique of President Sarkozy's style of "imperial rule." He has written poetry, a book about poetry, and several historical and political essays, along with a study of Napoleon Bonaparte. Villepin is an Honorary Member of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. He has been one of the most vocal right-wing opponents of President Nicolas Sarkozy, and on 8 September announced his candidature for President of France in 2012. On 25 March 2010, he announced that he would form a new center-right political movement in order to offer an alternative to Sarkozy in the 2012 election. However, Villepin failed to secure sufficient support to allow his candidacy to proceed.
Alain Badiou is a French philosopher, professor at European Graduate School, formerly chair of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure. Badiou has written about the concepts of being, truth and the subject in a way that, he claims, is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity. Politically, Badiou is committed to the far left, and to the communist tradition.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is a French politician who served in the government of France as Minister of Vocational Education from 2000 to 2002. He was also a member of the French Senate, representing the département of Essonne. He came 4th in the 2012 French presidential election achieving about 11% of the vote. Mélenchon left the Socialist Party in November 2008 to found the Left Party with French deputy Marc Dolez. As leader of the Left Party, he joined the Left Front before the 2009 European elections and was selected as the coalition's main candidate in the South-West region. At those elections he won 8.15% of the votes cast and was elected to the European Parliament. Mélenchon is co-president of the Left Party along with Martine Billard. During the protest movement against the pension reform of 2010 his public stature grew thanks to his many public and television appearances.
Alain Souchon is a French singer, songwriter and actor. He has released 15 albums and has played roles in seven films.
Michel Louis Edmond Galabru is a French actor born on 27 October 1922 in Safi, Morocco.
Hip hop Artist
Anouar Hajoui better known as DJ Cut Killer or just Cut Killer is a renowned French DJ of Moroccan origin with a versatile repertoire of hip hop and rap. He enjoys international fame and mixed in United States of America through invitations by DJ Big Dawg Pitbulls of Funkmaster Flex and Shadyville DJ's of rapper 50 Cent. For more than fifteen years, he has been one of the most emblematic DJs in French hip hop.
Mordechai Vanunu, also known as John Crossman, is a former Israeli nuclear technician who, citing his opposition to weapons of mass destruction, revealed details of Israel's nuclear weapons program to the British press in 1986. He was subsequently lured to Italy by a Mossad agent, where he was drugged and abducted by Israeli intelligence agents. He was transported to Israel and ultimately convicted in a trial that was held behind closed doors. Vanunu spent 18 years in prison, including more than 11 in solitary confinement. Released from prison in 2004, he became subject to a broad array of restrictions on his speech and movement. Since then he has been arrested several times for violations of those restrictions, including giving various interviews to foreign journalists and attempting to leave Israel. He says he suffered "cruel and barbaric treatment" at the hands of Israeli authorities while imprisoned, and suggests that his treatment would have been different if he had not converted to Christianity from Judaism. In 2007, Vanunu was sentenced to six months in prison for violating terms of his parole. The sentence was considered unusual even by the prosecution who expected a suspended sentence. In response, Amnesty International issued a press release on 2 July 2007, stating that "The organisation considers Mordechai Vanunu to be a prisoner of conscience and calls for his immediate and unconditional release." In May 2010, Vanunu was arrested and sentenced to three months in jail on suspicion that he met foreigners in violation of conditions of his 2004 release from jail.
Just "Justo" Fontaine is a former French football player best known for being the record holder for most goals scored in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup, with 13 in 1958.
Daniel Pennac is a writer.
Salma of Morocco
Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco, is the princess consort of Morocco. She is the wife of King Mohammed VI and the first wife of a Moroccan ruler to have been publicly acknowledged and given a royal title.
Samira Said is a Moroccan singer.
Mohammed V of Morocco
Mohammed V was Sultan of Morocco from 1927–53, exiled from 1953–55, where he was again recognized as Sultan upon his return, and King from 1957 to 1961. His full name was Sidi Mohammed ben Yusef, or Son of Yusef, upon whose death he succeeded to the throne. He was a member of the Alaouite Dynasty. On 20 August 1953, the French who were occupying Morocco at the time forced Mohammed V and his family into exile on [Corsica]. His Uncle, Mohammed Ben Aarafa, was placed on the throne. Mohammed V and his family were then transferred to Madagascar in January 1954. Mohammed V returned from exile on 16 November 1955, and was again recognized as Sultan after active opposition to the French protectorate. In February 1956 he successfully negotiated with France for the independence of Morocco, and in 1957 took the title of King.
Hicham Arazi is a male tennis player from Morocco. He played professionally from 1993 to the end of 2007. The left-hander reached his career-high ATP Tour singles ranking of World No. 22 on November 5, 2001. During his career, Arazi captured one singles title, in Casablanca. He has been participating in the Moroccan tennis tour lately. "The Moroccan Magician" reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open twice and the French Open twice. As well as the aforementioned nickname, some tennis analysts called him "The Moroccan McEnroe" due to his talent - he played with incredible touch, and often enjoyed the support of the crowd even when not at home. He led Patrick Rafter, winner of the US Open in 1997 and 1998, two sets to love during the first round of the latter tournament. In the third set he was upset with several line calls, telling umpire Norm Chryst to "get out of here", which sparked the beginning of Arazi's meltdown. During his career, he notably gained victories over former World No. 1s and Grand Slam champions Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyá and Jim Courier.
Abdelilah Benkirane is a Moroccan politician who has been Prime Minister of Morocco since 2011. He is also leader of the Justice and Development Party. Having won a plurality of seats in the November 2011 parliamentary election, his party formed a coalition with three parties that had been part of previous governments, and he was appointed as Prime Minister on 29 November 2011. During the 1970s, Benkirane was a leftist political activist. He has represented Salé in the Moroccan parliament since 14 November 1997. He was elected leader of the Justice and Development Party in July 2008, taking over from Saadeddine Othmani. Benkirane's politics are democratic and Islamist. In a 2011 interview he said: "If I get into government, it won't be so I can tell young women how many centimeters of skirt they should wear to cover their legs. That's none of my business. It is not possible, in any case, for anyone to threaten the cause of civil liberties in Morocco". However, he has in the past described secularism as "a dangerous concept for Morocco", and in 2010 he campaigned, unsuccessfully, to ban a performance in Rabat by Elton John because it "promoted homosexuality".
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Tahar ben Jelloun is a Moroccan writer. The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Arabic. He became known for his novel "L’Enfant de Sable”. Today he lives in Paris and continues to write.
Moulay Rachid ben al Hassan
Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco, also known as Prince Moulay Rachid ben al-Hassan was born on 20 June 1970 in Rabat as the youngest male child of the late King Hassan II. He holds a doctorate in international politics and serves Morocco as a diplomat. He is currently 3rd in the line of succession to the Moroccan throne.
Saïd Aouita is a former Moroccan track and field athlete. He won the 5000 meters at the 1984 Summer Olympics and the 1987 World Championships in Athletics, as well as the 3000 meters at the 1989 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He is a former world record holder over 1500 metres, 2000 m, 3000 m, and twice at 5000 m. Aouita was one of the first globally known Arab sportspeople.
Tarik Elyounoussi is a Norwegian footballer playing for German Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim.
Khalid Skah is a Moroccan track and field athlete, winner of 10,000 metres at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Born in Midelt, Morocco, Khalid Skah established himself first as a good cross country runner by winning the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 1990 and 1991. His first major tournament on track was 1991 World Championships where he at first won a bronze in 10 000 m and then finished sixth at the 5000 m run. This was a disappointing outcome for Skah as, earlier in the season, he had won the 10000 m race in Oslo against a very strong field and had emerged as one of the favourites for the finals in Tokyo. However, for the 10 000 m final Richard Chelimo and the eventual world champion, Moses Tanui employed some very elaborate tactics and worked as a team. By the time of the 5000 m final Skah was probably tired. Yobes Ondieki who won the gold medal over 5000 m had expected Skah to be his major rival. At the Barcelona Olympics, Khalid Skah had a long duel with Richard Chelimo from Kenya in the 10 000 m. When they were lapping another Moroccan Hammou Boutayeb, the latter interfered with Chelimo and Skah went on to win a second ahead of the Kenyan. After the race Skah was accused of receiving undue assistance from Boutayeb and was disqualified, but was later reinstated on a technicality. During the presentation ceremony, held the next day, Skah was loudly booed by the crowd as he received his medal; Chelimo received a standing ovation.
Serge Haroche is a French physicist who was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics jointly with David J. Wineland for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems", a study of the particle of light, the photon. Since 2001, Haroche is a Professor at the Collège de France and holds the Chair of Quantum Physics.
Arthur is a TV presenter, producer and comedian. After having cancelled his law studies, he began his career as a host on local radio in the Paris region in the late 1980s. In the early 1990s, he found a certain notoriety by presenting programs on Fun Radio, Europe 1 and Europe 2. He became, from 1991, host of television programs, first on France 2 and TF1. Meanwhile, he started a theater career with two one-man shows, Arthur en vrai and I Show and portraying Peter Brochan in Le Dîner de Cons, alongside Dany Boon. Since the mid-1990s, he has also been an entrepreneur in the audiovisual field. He was, until 2006, vice president of the French subsidiary of production company Endemol. Since 2008, he has been the owner of Ouï FM.
Frida Boccara was a French singer. Frida Boccara was born in Casablanca, Morocco. She submitted the song "Autrefois" to the French Eurovision Song Contest selection panel in 1964 but she was unsuccessful. At the Eurovision Song Contest held in Madrid, Spain in 1969 she represented France and performed "Un jour, un enfant" – music by Emile Stern and text by Eddy Marnay. Her song shared first place.
Michel Qissi is a Moroccan-American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Tong Po in the 1989 martial arts film Kickboxer.
Mehdi Ben Barka
Mehdi Ben Barka was a Moroccan politician, head of the left-wing National Union of Popular Forces and secretary of the Tricontinental Conference. An opponent of Hassan II, he "disappeared" in Paris in 1965. Despite countless theories attempting to explain what really happened to him, the exact circumstances of his disappearance have never been established, and as of 2009, investigations are on-going.
Karim Alami is a tennis player from Morocco, who turned professional in 1990. He represented his native country as a qualifier at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where he was defeated in the first round by Switzerland's eventual winner Marc Rosset. The right-hander won two career titles in singles, both in 1996. He reached his highest singles ATP-ranking on February 21, 2000, when he became World No. 25. Very impressively, he defeated Pete Sampras in the first round of the 1994 Doha tournament, a year in which Sampras dominated the tour. He is now the Tournament Director of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, Qatar. He also works as a tennis commentator for the most popular Arabic sports channel Al Jazeera Sports.
Yasmine Lafitte is a Moroccan pornographic actress who performs under the mononym "Yasmine". She acquired French nationality by marriage. Yasmine remains the only star of Moroccan origins that developed a career in porn industry in Europe. She started, with Olivier Lafitte, her own production company in 2005 under the name Alko Productions.
Amir Peretz is an Israeli politician who currently serves as Minister of Environmental Protection. He has previously served as Minister of Defence and leader of the Labor Party. In 2012 he left the Labor Party to join the centrist Hatnuah. Peretz is the former chairman of the Histadrut trade union federation and defeated Shimon Peres in the primary elections for the Labor leadership on 9 November 2005. He led the Labor Party to a second place showing in the 2006 elections and became Defense Minister on 4 May 2006. He was defeated by Ehud Barak for the Labor leadership on 12 June 2007 and resigned from the cabinet. He joined the Hatnuah party in December 2012.
Dounia Batma is a Moroccan singer who rose to popularity around the world as the runner-up of the first season of Arab Idol on MBC. She lost the title against Egyptian contestant Carmen Suleiman. But despite her loss, she won the hearts of millions of people throughout the Arab world.
Bibiana Fernández, also known as Bibí Andersen is a Spanish actress, singer and model.
Arnaud Di Pasquale
Arnaud Di Pasquale is a former professional male tennis player from France. Di Pasquale is best remembered for his bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the men's singles event. He beat rising Swiss Roger Federer in the bronze medal match, but more surprising was his straight sets victory over the well established Magnus Norman of Sweden, in the tournament's 3rd round. He also reached the fourth round of the French Open in both 1999 and 2002 and won one singles title.
Muriel Barbery is a French novelist and professor of philosophy.
Hindi Zahra is a Franco-Moroccan singer. When coming up with a stage name, she simply inverted her birth name. Her songs are mostly in English but some lyrics as in the song Imik Si Mik are in the Berber languages.
Philippe Xavier Christian Ignace Marie Barbarin is a French cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, currently serving as Archbishop of Lyon in France. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003.
Nathalie Delon, is a French model and actress, former wife of Alain Delon and mother of Anthony Delon.
Ezzaiki Badou, nicknamed "Zaki" was the manager of the Morocco national football team from 2002 to 2005. Before coaching, he was a noted goalkeeper, appearing as the keeper for the Morocco national football team at the 1984 Summer Olympics and at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. He was named by France Football magazine as France Football African Footballer of the Year for 1986. He was coach of KAC of Marrakech in the Moroccan First Division,resigning in November 2007. In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years.
Ronald Jean-Martin Agénor is a former professional tennis player who represented Haïti during his playing career. He is the only Haitian to have ever earned a Top 25 world ranking in singles, reaching as high as World No. 22 in May 1989.
Fatema or Fatima Mernissi is a Moroccan feminist writer and sociologist.
Rashid Ramzi is a Moroccan-Bahraini track and field athlete competing internationally for Bahrain in the 800 metres and 1500 metres. Ramzi was investigated by the IAAF after the 2008 Summer Games and was stripped of his gold medal for doping. Ramzi was born in Asfi, Morocco. After transferring to Bahrain, he ascended to the top of the Asian scene, winning gold medals at the Asian Athletics Championships and the 2002 Asian Games. He set an Asian indoor record over 800 metres to take the silver at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships—his first global medal—and took part in the 2004 Athens Olympics. He reached the peak of his discipline the following year by becoming both the 800 m and 1500 m champion at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics – the first man to ever do such a double at the competition. He failed to retain his titles at the 2007 World Championships, but still took the silver medal over 1500 m. At the 2008 Summer Olympics he was the recipient of the first ever medal for Bahrain at the Olympics – winning the 1500 m gold medal. However, his result did not stand and he was excluded from the sport for two years after his test came back positive for the banned blood-boosting substance CERA.
Ahmad I al-Mansur was Sultan of the Saadi dynasty from 1578 to his death in 1603, the sixth and most famous of all rulers of the Saadis. Ahmad al-Mansur was an important figure in both Europe and Africa in the sixteenth century, his powerful army and strategic location made him an important power player in the late Renaissance period.
Mohamed Abdelaziz is the 3rd and current Secretary General of the Polisario Front and President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic since 1976. He speaks Arabic and French.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, also known as JC/DC, born 28 November 1949 in Casablanca, Morocco, is a fashion designer. As the Marquis de Castelbajac, he is a French nobleman. He has enjoyed international success with some of his creations, including a coat of teddy bears worn by pop star Madonna and by supermodel Helena Christensen in the film Prêt-à-Porter. Recently JC de Castelbajac has befriended artists such as M.I.A, Cassette Playa, Curry & Coco, and The Coconut Twins. His fashion archive was showcased in preparation for his retrospective "Gallie Rock" in Paris by photographers Tim and Barry, modelled by Cassette Playa, M.I.A., Jammer, Matthew Stone, Slew Dem Crew, and more. As well as his imaginative clothing collections, the designer creates home furnishings and has designed a watch inspired by the childhood favourite, Lego. In 1979, de Castelbajac married fashion journalist and model Katherine Lee Chambers. They had two sons before divorcing, among them Louis-Marie de Castelbajac. In 2005, Raika was the de Castelbajac ready-to-wear license holder in Japan with retail value of €20 million. The designer is currently engaged to actress Mareva Galanter.
Katherine Pancol is a Moroccan-born French novelist.
Jaouad Zairi is a Moroccan footballer. He currently plays for Omani football club Al-Nasr Salalah.
Macha Méril is a French actress and writer. Méril is descended by her father from the Russian princely house Gagarin and by her mother from a Ukrainian noble family. She appeared in 125 films between 1959 and 2012, including roles in films directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Luis Buñuel and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. She also performed in the Quebec series Lance et Compte. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Helga Ulmann in Dario Argento's Deep Red and the unnamed lady on the train in Aldo Lado's Night Train Murders.
Abderrazak Hamdallah is a Moroccan footballer who plays as a striker for Aalesund in the Norwegian Tippeliga. He has also been capped while playing for Morocco
María Teresa Campos
María Teresa Campos Luque is a Spanish journalist and television presenter. She was born in Tetuan, Spanish Morocco, the third of the six children of an upper-middle-class family. She moved to Málaga in 1942 and later to Madrid. She studied philosophy at the University of Málaga and has taken part in several radio and television programs. She is a widow and has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Moestafa El Kabir
Moestafa El Kabir is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Swedish Allsvenskan club BK Häcken as a forward. El Kabir holds a Dutch passport.
Najib Amhali is a Moroccan-born Dutch stand-up comedian and actor. Najib Amhali was born in Nador. He has gained popularity partly because of his flawless command of Dutch and ability to show the Dutch how the life of immigrants and ethnic minorities in the Netherlands can be. 'Als Marokkaan kom ik graag bij de mensen thuis.'. This is how Najib Amhali started the cabaret festival in Leiden, where he was the winner of both the audience award and the jury award. His fans are a mix of native Dutch and ethnic minorities; Amhali holds a mirror up to their faces and shows them how trivial and ridiculous their behaviour can be. Amhali created some cabaret shows himself, such as: Freefight, Veni Vidi Vici, Vol is Vol, Most Wanted and Zorg dat je erbij komt. Amhali is also an actor and he has starred in several Dutch productions. In 1999 he starred with Hans Teeuwen and Kim van Kooten in the movie Jezus is een Palestijn. In 2002 he played in the series Najib en Julia, which was directed by filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in 2004 by a Muslim extremist. In 2004 Amhali played in the film Shouf Shouf Habibi and a sequel is being made.
Nabil Dirar is a Moroccan football midfielder who currently plays for Monaco and the Moroccan national team.
Élisabeth Guigou is a French socialist politician.
Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira, known as the Baba Sali was a leading Moroccan Sephardic rabbi and kabbalist who was renowned for his alleged ability to work miracles through his prayers. His burial place in Netivot, Israel has become a shrine for prayers and petitioners.
David Levy is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset between 1969 and 2006, as well as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Minister of Housing & Construction and as a Minister without Portfolio. Although most of his time as a Knesset member was spent with Likud, he also led the breakaway Gesher faction, which formed part of Ehud Barak's Labor-led government between 1999 and 2001.
Music video director
Sanaa Hamri is a Moroccan American music video and film director. She is one of the few prominent female film and music video directors.
Larbi Benbarek or Larbi Ben Mbarek was a Moroccan football player recognized as the first successful African player in Europe. He was the first player to bear the nickname of Black Pearl. Larbi rose to fame in the French league and played for France after he acquired the French citizenship through naturalization.
Abbas El Fassi
Abbas El Fassi ah-BASS ehl FASS-ee was the Prime Minister of Morocco from 19 September 2007 to 29 November 2011. El Fassi, a member of the Istiqlal Party, replaced independent Driss Jettou.
Noureddine Naybet is a retired Moroccan international football player and captain. His position was central defender. Naybet played a record 115 matches for the Morocco national football team from 1990 to 2006. He was selected for the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, as well as six Africa Cup of Nations and the 1992 Olympic football.
Mohammed El Yaagoubi
Mohammed El Yaagoubi Youbi, aka Moha, is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays for CE Sabadell FC as a left midfielder. Due to the many years spent in Spain – his entire professional career, which spanned nearly 15 years – he also holds a passport from that country.
Chakib Khelil is Algeria's former minister for energy and mines.
Nawal El Moutawakel
Nawal El Moutawakel is a former Moroccan hurdler, who won the inaugural women's 400 m hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming the first female Muslim born on the continent of Africa to become an Olympic champion. She was also the first Moroccan and the first woman from a Muslim majority country to win an Olympic gold medal. In 2007, El Moutawakel was named the Minister of Sports in the upcoming cabinet of Morocco.
General Mohammad Oufkir was a Moroccan politician.
Maurice Ohana was an Anglo-French composer of Sephardic Jewish origin.
Merouane Zemmama, Arabic: مروان زمامة, is a Moroccan footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. Zemmama represented Morocco at the 2004 Summer Olympics and was first capped at full international level in 2008.
Ahmed Aboutaleb is a Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He has been the Mayor of Rotterdam since January 5, 2009. He served as State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment from February 22, 2007 until December 12, 2008 in the Cabinet Balkenende IV. He is the first mayor of a large city in the Netherlands who is of immigrant descent or Muslim faith; Aboutaleb is of Riffian Berber ancestry and a dual citizen of the Netherlands and Morocco.
Eva Illouz is a full professor of sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the President of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, since October 2012. She is the first woman head of Bezalel.
Issam El Adoua
Issam El Adoua is a Moroccan footballer who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Levante and the Moroccan national team.
Moulay Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco
His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Hassan is the current heir apparent to the Moroccan throne. He is the oldest child of King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his wife Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco. He has a younger sister, Princess Lalla Khadija. He is named after his grandfather Hassan II; if and when he succeeds to the throne, he will become Hassan III.
Rabbi Yitzhak Levy is an Israeli rabbi and politician who served as a member of the Knesset for the National Religious Party and the Ahi faction of the National Union between 1988 and 2009. Between 1998 and 2002 he was NRP leader, and also held several ministerial portfolios.
Chaim ibn Attar
Chaim ben Moses ibn Attar also known as the Ohr ha-Chaim after his popular commentary on the Pentateuch, was a Talmudist and kabbalist; born at Meknes, Morocco, in 1696; died in Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine July 7, 1743. He was one of the most prominent rabbis in Morocco. In 1733 he decided to leave his native country and settle in the Land of Israel, then under the Ottoman Empire. En route he was detained in Livorno by the rich members of the Jewish community who established a yeshiva for him. Many of his pupils later became prominent and furnished him with funds to print his Ohr ha-Chaim. He was received with great honor wherever he traveled. This was due to his extensive knowledge, keen intellect and extraordinary piety. In the middle of 1742 he arrived in Jerusalem where he presided at the Beit Midrash Knesset Yisrael. One of his disciples there was Rabbi Chaim Joseph David Azulai, who wrote of his master's greatness: "Attar's heart pulsated with Talmud; he uprooted mountains like a resistless torrent; his holiness was that of an angel of the Lord, ... having severed all connection with the affairs of this world." He is buried in the Jewish Cemetery on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.
Abdallah ibn Yasin
Abdallah Ibn Yasin was a theologian and founder of the Almoravid movement and dynasty.
Shada Amjad Hassoun Alshamery, better known as Shatha Hassoun, is an Arabic singer from both Iraqi and Moroccan ancestry, who rose to fame as the winner of the 4th season of the pan-Arab television talent show Star Academy Arab World. She was the first female to win the competition. She is currently one of the most popular singers in both the Middle East and Maghreb region, and is referred to as the "daughter of Mesopotamia.
Bernard Lugan is a contemporary French historian and Associate Professor of African history at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, in France. He's also teaching at the French Institute of Defense Studies. He has an academic rank as "Maître de conférences". A specialist of Africa since 1971, he authored many books on the African continent. He was the editor of "L'Afrique réelle". He studied at the Paris X University Nanterre and edited a thesis naming "L'Économie d'échange au Rwanda de 1850 à 1914". He also has lived for an extended time in Africa, especially in Rwanda where he has conducted significant research, and has taught African History at the National University of Rwanda. In 1982, he authored a thesis for a state doctorate naming "Entre les servitudes de la houe et les sortilèges de la vache : le monde rural dans l'ancien Rwanda". Lugan's notable work includes several books on Southern Africa, Morocco and Rwanda including "History of South Africa", When Africa was German and African Legacy, Solutions for a Community in Crisis where he describes how individualism hasn't replaced preexisting loyalties to clans, groups, and tribes. In this book, he rejects what he calls "the victimization paradigm," which says colonial exploitation and the slave trade brought Africa to its knees, rejects solutions based on Western guilt and claim that a correct interpretation of history is necessary for Africans to "build a future on a more solid foundation" and save an African continent ravaged by famine, economic disaster and civil war. He notably proposes a redrawing of national African frontiers in accordance with ethnic groupings and promotes a new type of democracy, more rooted in those native groupings rather than on Western "one man one vote" system.
Pierre Assouline is a writer and journalist. He was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He has published several novels and biographies, and also contributes articles for the print media and broadcasts for radio. As a biographer, he has covered a diverse and eclectic range of subjects, including: ⁕Henri Cartier-Bresson, the legendary photographer ⁕Marcel Dassault, the aeronautics pioneer ⁕Gaston Gallimard, the publisher ⁕Hergé, the creator of The Adventures of Tintin ⁕Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, the art dealer ⁕Georges Simenon, the detective novelist and creator of Inspector Maigret Several of these books have been translated into English and the Henri Cartier-Bresson biography has been translated into Chinese. As a journalist, Assouline has worked for the leading French publications Lire and Le Nouvel Observateur. He also publishes a blog, “La république des livres.”
Nadia Farès is a Moroccan actress. She rose to international fame with the police thriller Les Rivières pourpres. She appeared as Jade Agent Kinler in the 2007 action/thriller War, and as Pia in the 2007 horror film Storm Warning.
Moshe Ivgy is a Moroccan-born Israeli actor and director.
Thami El Glaoui
Thami El Glaoui or El Haj T'hami el Mezouari el Glaoui, better known in English-speaking countries as T'hami El Glaoui or Lord of the Atlas, was the Pasha of Marrakech from 1912 to 1956. His family name was El Mezouari, from a title given an ancestor by Sultan Moulay Ismail in 1700, while El Glaoui refers to his chieftainship of the Berber Glaoua tribe of Southern Morocco, based at the Kasbah of Telouet in the High Atlas and at Marrakech. He became head of the Glaoua upon the death of his elder brother, Si el Madani, and as an ally of the French in Morocco conspired with them in the overthrow of Sultan Mohammed V.
Abd al-Hafid of Morocco
Abdelhafid of Morocco was the Sultan of Morocco from 1908 to 1912 and a member of the Alaouite Dynasty. His younger brother, Abdelaziz of Morocco, preceded him. While Mulai Abdelhafid initially opposed his brother for giving some concessions to foreign powers, he himself became increasingly backed by the French and finally signed the protectorate treaty giving de facto control of the country to France. After his brother, Abdelaziz appointed him as caliph of Marrakech, he sought to overthrow his brother, by fermenting distrust due to his brothers European ties. He was aided by Madani al-Glaoui, older brother of T'hami one of the Caids of the Atlas. He was assisted in the training of his troops by Andrew Belton, a British officer and veteran of the Second Boer War. For a brief period Abdelaziz reigned from Rabat while Abdelhafid reigned in Marrakech and Fes was disputed. In 1908 Abdelaziz was defeated in battle. In 1909, he became the recognized leader of Morocco. Abdelhafid abdicated after signing the Treaty of Fez on 30 March 1912, which made Morocco a French protectorate. He signed his abdication only when on the quay in Rabat, with the ship that would bring him to France already waiting. After an extended visit to France, where he received a great deal of attention from the press, he returned to Morocco and was exiled to the Dar el Makzhen in Tangier.
Youssef Mokhtari is a Moroccan footballer who currently plays for SV Wacker Burghausen.
Talal El Karkouri
Talal El Karkouri is a Moroccan former professional footballer. He played top-flight football in Morocco, France, Greece, England and Qatar before retiring in 2012. He made his international debut for Morocco in 2000, and earned 53 caps, playing at three Africa Cup of Nations.
Shlomo Ben-Ami is a former Israeli diplomat, politician and historian.