Sept. 30, 2011

CASABLANCA, Morocco, Sept. 30 (UPI) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy traveled to Morocco Friday to oversee the beginning of construction of a, high-speed rail link.

When completed, the $4 billion project will connect the capital of Casablanca with the Moroccan cities of Rabat and Tangiers, the BBC reported Friday.

Financing for the project included loans from France.

The current Moroccan government said the project will enhance economic relations between the two countries but former government officials called it a waste of funds.

Source: United Press International (UPI).