Elected from the field in Ivry, in the Paris suburbs, Rachida Kaaout nevertheless keeps her eyes fixed on Africa, and regularly addresses international subjects, in particular Moroccan ones, on the municipal council of the commune of Val-de-Marne. This was still the case last July, when she opposed the project of the mayor, Philippe Bouyssou (PCF), of twin the city of Ile-de-France with the daïra of Mijek, a small town located behind the Moroccan defensive wall, in the area of Western Sahara controlled by the Polisario Front.
This is not the first time that Rachida Kaaout has gone to the front against the communist councilor, whom she accuses of wanting to give legitimacy to the Sahrawi separatists, and of making the Ivry population an accomplice. In July 2021, she opposed a town hall funding project for Sahrawi children in Tindouf, which Philippe Bouyssou described as an attempt to exert pressure on the part of “supporters of the Moroccan occupying power”. Of the recurring altercations, on a file yet far removed from the priorities of the Ile-de-France municipality.
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Elected in 2020 in Ivry-sur-Seine, Rachida Kaaout also ran for a parliamentary mandate in 2022 in the 9th constituency of French people living abroad (which includes North and West Africa), before retiring in favor of ‘Elisabeth Moreno, invested by LREM. The ex-candidate does not however abandon her African ambitions and launches an initiative to put the diasporas in contact with their countries of origin: the High Commission for African Diasporas in France (HCDAP). The objective: “To write the history of these communities in harm of reconnaissance ».