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France has decided to change its stance on the coup in Niger Republic and will now withdraw its ambassador and military contingent from the country.
Initially, France had opposed the coup and demanded the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum.
However, they have now agreed to withdraw their troops and ambassadors.
France currently has around 1,500 soldiers in Niger as part of their anti-jihadist efforts in the Sahel region.
Despite the junta’s hostility towards France and their demand for the French ambassador to leave, France had initially refused to comply.
However, President Emmanuel Macron has now announced that the ambassador and diplomats will return to France, and military cooperation will end.
French troops will gradually withdraw from Niger in the coming months, with a complete pullout by the end of the year.
Macron reiterated France’s support for President Bazoum and stated that he is the sole legitimate authority in the country.
He also expressed concern for the safety of the French ambassador, who he believes is being held hostage.
This article was updated 2 months ago