Two French journalists arrested for trying to blackmail king of Morocco

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Paris, Aug 28: Two journalists in France were arrested for allegedly trying to blackmail Morocco's King Mohammed VI, media reported on Friday.

Duo allegedly asked for €3 million in exchange for not publishing a damaging book about the king, reported France 24.
The journalists who sought money have been identified as Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet.

Two French journalists arrested

They were arrested on Thursday after meeting with a representative of the Moroccan government in a Paris restaurant.

Moroccan palace officials were contacted by these two journalists on July 23 informing them that they had written a book on Mohammed VI, and a first meeting was organised in Paris with a Moroccan lawyer.

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The Moroccan government informed French authorities about the blackmailer journalists and a further meeting took place, this time under police surveillance.

"Both Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet were present. They signed a contract and received 80,000 euros in cash" said Dupond-Moretti a lawyer of the king.

Both were arrested as they left the establishment "with the proceeds of their crime in their pockets", the lawyer said.

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