France, April 24 -- During an official visit to Morocco on Monday, Darmanin lauded the kingdom's help in fighting terrorism in France as Paris prepares to host the 2024 Olympics.

The French interior minister's visit to the capital Rabat comes amid efforts to bring the two countries closer after a series of diplomatic spats and the deterioration in France's relations with countries across the Sahel.

"Without the Moroccan intelligence services, France would be more affected by terrorism," Darmanin said in a meeting with Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit.

"We thank them greatly, particularly in anticipation of the Olympic Games," which start in late July, Darmanin added.

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