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No Affiliation Provided <firstname.lastname@example.org> Is the Spanish language of any current political or ongoing cultural importance in the areas of northwest Africa formerly colonized by Spain? Ethnologue quotes a 1993 estimate of 20,000 in the north coast of Morocco near Melilla. It apparently has some importance to POLISARIO - is that significant and are there any trends? But in the former Spanish Western Sahara, claimed and ruled by Morocco, is French becoming the dominant European language? (One is aware of the importance of Arabic, Tamazight, and Hassaniyya, but my question is whether Spanish retains any official or popular importance anywhere in the Maghreb outside of Ceuta and Melilla, and if that is changing.)