France to withdraw ambassador from Niger

France to withdraw ambassador from Niger

Emmanuel Macron of France says France will withdraw its ambassador and end all military cooperation with Niger following a coup.

He added that military cooperation was “over” and French troops would leave in “the months to come”.

The decision follows months of animosity and protests against the French presence in the country, with regular demonstrations in the capital Niamy.

A military junta seized Niger on July 26, deposing President Mohamed Bazoum.

There are around 1,500 French soldiers in Niger.

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