King Louis XIV

Slavery was not prominent on the French mainland. However, it was important to French Caribbean holdings such as Saint-Dominque. Despite this, France had a lasting influence on the story of slavery. This was derived from Frances influence with many North African nations.

Of these nations, France had particularly good relations with Morocco. As early as the 17th century, Sultan Moulay Isma'il of Morocco had engaged in diplomatic relations with King Louis XIV. In 1682, he sent the French king ambassador Mohammed Temim. These men helped the two nations cultivate a strong relationship. France helped train the Moroccan army in addition to advising several public works projects. Morocco guaranteed France preferable treatment and trade in addition to setting a diplomatic precedent for other European powers.