Protests Against French Troop Presence In Niger Escalate As Protesters Threaten To Storm Military Base And Embassy
Protests against French troop presence in Niger escalate as hundreds of supporters of the military administration took to the streets in protest near the French military base in the capital, Niamey, expressing their opposition to the presence of French troops in the country.
Protests against French troop presence in Niger escalateas hundreds of supporters of the military administration took to the streets in protest near the French military base in the capital, Niamey, expressing their opposition to the presence of French troops in the country.
Earlier this month, the military administration claimed to have revoked several military agreements Niger had with France.
However, Paris dismissed this action, asserting that military leaders lacked the legitimate authority to make such decisions.
In a related development, thousands of supporters marched to Niamey's largest stadium to mark one year since President Mohamed Bazoum was ousted.
They displayed national flags, including Nigerien, Algerian, and Russian ones, and were joined by members of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Country (CNSP), formed after the military takeover. These groups encouraged supporters to sustain pressure.
Niger's military administration issued a 48-hour expulsion notice to the French Ambassador Sylvain Itte.
The administration accused him of refusing to meet Niger's foreign minister. While the ministry stated that only the French ambassador was declared persona non grata, reports circulated suggesting other envoys were also expelled.
The French Foreign Ministry rejected the expulsion order, claiming that the military administration lacked the authority to expel the ambassador.
The ministry expressed solidarity with Nigerien Ambassador Aichatou Boulama Kane in Paris, who refused to vacate her position following the military takeover.
Niger experienced a period of uncertainty on July 26 when Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani, a former commander of the presidential guard, orchestrated a military intervention that led to the removal of President Mohamed Bazoum from power.