After Mali and Burkina Faso, the French army will leave Niger. More than two months after the coup that overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum, an ally of Paris, President Emmanuel Macron announced Sunday night the departure of soldiers deployed on the planned air base of Niamey and those still on the ground in the north of the country. "The France decided to bring back its ambassador," he said. Sylvain Itté was forced to remain reclusive in his embassy, constantly threatened with being deprived of resources or water. "We are ending our military cooperation with Niger," Emmanuel Macron also announced, to break the deadlock in which the France now stood.
Failure and misunderstanding
The approximately 1500 French soldiers will have definitively left the country "by the end of the year", he said. The France had sent its soldiers to Niger as part of Operation Barkhane, at the request of the Sahel states, unable to cope with the armed pressure of jihadist groups...
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