President France, Emmanuel Macronannounced this sunday “a regular exit French military contingent between now and the end of the year” NigerIt is estimated approximately 1,500 soldiersbecause of Coup that overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum in July and they placed a military junta at the head of the country.
Macron stated the following in his interview with TF1 and France 2: France will be ‘always ready’ to help Africa in the fight against jihadist terrorism, as long as democratically elected governments or regional organizations demand it.
“France-Africa is over (a geopolitical concept reflecting Paris’s influence in former African colonies), we do not intervene when there are coups,” he said.
NIger has hosted the bulk of the remaining troops of the French anti-jihadist operation Barkhane since 2022He was transferred from Mali, where the ruling military junta, allied with Russia, had openly rejected the French presence on its territory.
“We were there because Niger asked us, Burkina Faso and Mali to help fight terrorism.” terrorism in their own territory. Today, these countries have become victims of coups. “Just today I spoke with President Bazoum, who is currently detained for pursuing ambitious reforms,” Macron said.
France added: “Decided to end military cooperation with Niger“. The French president announced that the French ambassador in Niger would return to Paris “within the next few hours.”
The French union in Niger, where France also has economic interests in uranium, is dispersed in Niamey, the capital in Ouallam in the north, and Ayorou, near the Mali border.
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