The French ambassador to Niger left Niamey early on September 27, two sources told AFP, one diplomatic from the French embassy and the other close to the Nigerien Ministry of the Interior.
“The ambassador and six collaborators left Niamey (on September 27) around 4 a.m.,” a diplomatic source from the French embassy told AFP. A departure confirmed by a Nigerien ministerial source, who specifies that the plane left in the direction of Chad.
Until now, refusing to recognize the new Nigerien authorities, Paris refused the departure of ambassador Sylvain Itté demanded by the putschists.
“France has decided to bring back its ambassador,” Emmanuel Macron declared on September 24 in a television interview. “We are ending our military cooperation with Niger,” also declared the French president, indicating that the 1,500 French soldiers would leave “in the weeks and months to come” and that the withdrawal would be completely completed “by the end of the year “.
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