Arsenal striker Chamakh happy choosing Morocco over France
Although clearly immersed in French life, he chosen to play for the country of his parents - unlike Zinedine Zidane, as he points out - when it would have been financially more lucrative to play for France.
He told the Mail on Sunday: "It was a very difficult choice. I thought about it long and hard and I came to the conclusion that Morocco is the country of my origin, the country of my parents. That's why I chose them."