“A France has decided that its ambassador must return” and “we will put an end to military cooperation with Niger”, declared Macron, in a television interview.
According to the President, the 1,500 French soldiers will leave “in the coming weeks and months” and the withdrawal will be complete “by the end of the year”. These soldiers were deployed to fight against terrorism in the region.
At the end of August, the military junta in power in Niger ordered the expulsion of the French ambassador in Niamey, Sylvain Itté, and removed his immunity.
The deadline for the ambassador’s departure had already passed, but France did not ask him to return as it did not recognize the legitimacy of the military junta that is governing Niger after the July 26 coup d’état.
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