Moroccan authorities say they have expelled two French journalists for filming news without the necessary permits.

A statement issued by the Interior Ministry late Sunday said the men's cameras were seized after they engaged in "suspicious and illegal" actions and violated laws regulating how video journalists operate.

French media identified the men as Jean-Louis Perez and Pierre Chautard from the Premieres Lignes agency and said they were filming a documentary for the France 3 channel.

The Ministry of Communication issued its own statement late Sunday saying they never granted the men the necessary filming permissions and never received a request.

Filming in Morocco requires government permission.

On Jan. 23, Moroccan authorities stopped the filming of a program for French news channel France 24 also for not having the necessary permissions.