His departure was demanded since the end of August by the junta, it was recorded Sunday by Emmanuel Macron. The French ambassador to Niger, Sylvain Itté, left the country on Wednesday and landed in Paris in the afternoon. "The ambassador was in a humiliating population. He could no longer eat properly," recalls Nicolas Normand, former France ambassador to Mali, Congo-Brazzaville and Senegal, and author of the Grand livre de l'Afrique (2019, Eyrolles). Emmanuel Macron had even spoken of a "hostage" taking in mid-September.
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