Back in 1911 the New York Times reported:
Fez Sacked by Tribesmen
Business people who arrived here today [April 19] from Tangier state said that the French column under Captain Brémond has sustained another collision with rebels. Doubt is expressed regarding the possibility of its arrival at Fez, which is now completely surrounded and in a desperate condition. Desertions continue from Captain Brémond’s column, although French soldiers were recently distributed among the troops. According to a semi-official communication published by the “Temps” last evening, news was transmitted from Fez by M. Gaillard, the French Consul, on April 13, stating that the Ouled-Djama had deserted the Sultan and the city was blockaded. An attack was made upon Fez-el-Djedid by the Beni-Mtir on the 12th, but it was repulsed.