France's foreign minister stated that Morocco has the choice to seek French aid for its recent deadly earthquake

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The earthquake in Morocco is the deadliest in over six decades

France is prepared to provide assistance to Morocco if requested

Tensions between Paris and Rabat have arisen due to the Western Sahara issue

Morocco has not appointed an envoy to Paris since January

Despite accepting aid from other countries, Morocco has not officially asked for French assistance

Catherine Colonna, France's foreign minister, sees the controversy as misplaced and emphasizes that the decision lies with Morocco

France has allocated 5 million euros for NGOs operating in Morocco

 There have been efforts to downplay any rift between France and Morocco.

1. Morocco's King Mohammed VI was in France when the earthquake occurred, and France believes Rabat can manage the rescue efforts independently.