Niger’s Military Rulers Order French Ambassador Out


Niger’s military rulers, who seized control of the government in July, gave the French ambassador 48 hours to leave the country.

In a statement on Friday, Niamey’s foreign ministry said the decision to expel the ambassador stemmed from his refusal to honor an invitation with Niger’s minister of foreign affairs.

Relations between the new regime in Niamey and several Western powers, as well as the West African bloc ECOWAS, have deteriorated since the coup on July 26.

France’s government quickly rejected the order against its ambassador, repeating that it did not recognise the military rulers’ authority.

The French foreign ministry told AFP on Friday evening: “The putschists do not have the authority to make this request, the ambassador’s approval coming solely from the legitimate elected Nigerien authorities.”

The ultimatum against the French envoy comes days after ECOWAS threatened military action to reverse last month’s coup, which overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum.

Paris has repeatedly backed calls by ECOWAS for the reinstatement of Bazoum.

France has 1,500 soldiers based in Niger who had been helping Bazoum in the fight against jihadist forces that have been active in the country for years.

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