French journalists Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet was arrested on Thursday in Paris on the accusation of trying to blackmail the king of Morocco Mohammed VI, with money as their main motive.
The two defendants were writing a book on the king that could damage the king’s reputation. As reported by AFP, the journalists were hoping to get €3 million ($3.4 million) to cancel the publication of the book.
"A sum of money was handed over and accepted,” a source told AFP.
The journalists were arrested after the French police conducted an investigation on them. It is reported that the journalists took money during a meeting with a Moroccan official.
According to The Local, Laurent and Graciet had written another book on king Mohammed VI and they were laying the ground to publish the second in January or February.