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Société industrielle, commerciale et maritime Bordeaux-Maroc (Shipping company, France

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House flag of Bordeaux-Maroc - Image by Ivan Sache, 9 March 2008

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Presentation of Bordeaux-Maroc

The Société industrielle, commerciale et maritime Bordeaux-Maroc "Bordeaux-Maroc", registered in Paris, is known by its share. The year of release is, unfortunately, not really readable. The company for sure operated ships between the port of Bordeaux and Morocco.
The "Bordeaux-Maroc" company is mentioned as having supported in 1921 the set up of the Comité du Niger, a lobbying organism promoting the economic development of the French Western Africa (see Babacar Fall, Le travail forcé en Afrique Occidentale française, 1900-1946. Karthala, 1984).

On the MarocAntan website, Naguib Abdellah explains the historical link between Bordeaux and Morocco. Sea trade between Bordeaux and Casablanca was increased in the beginning of the XXth century by the Compagnie des Chemins de Fer d'Orléans (a railway company, then owner of the Paris-Bordeaux line) that opened an office in Casablanca, in partnership with the powerful Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.
In 1913, the Stoffel & Porge company, selling Bordeaux table wine, settled in Casablanca, followed by several other companies that took part to the French-Moroccan Exhibition of 1915, held in Casablanca. Most Moroccan soldiers and civilians serving in France during the First World War landed to Bordeaux, so that the leave to France was nicknamed departure to "l'Bordo".
Crown Prince Hassan II defended his Ph.D. thesis in Bordeaux, in the presence of his father, King Mohammed V, and of the Mayor of Bordeaux, Jacques Chaban-Delmas. After the independence, the towns of Bordeaux and Casablanca became twin towns, while the French education institutes in Morocco are still administratively ran from Bordeaux.
Last but not least, the famous Moroccan footballer Si Abdesslam played for the "Girondins de Bordeaux" and for the French national team. When introduced to President of the Republic René Coty before an international match in 1954, Abdesslam asked him to solve some political problems in Morocco, including the exile of Mohammed V.

Ivan Sache, 9 March 2008

House flag of Bordeaux-Maroc

The Bordeaux-Maroc share shows a graphic representation of the house flag of the company as red with the white capital letters "BM" separated by a white, horizontally centered dot.

Ivan Sache, 9 March 2008

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