The French ambassador in Niamey, Sylvain Ittéleft Niger this Wednesday more than a month after being declared "persona non grata" by the military junta that governs the country after the coup d'état that overthrew the president last July. Mohamed Bazoum.
Military sources informed EFE that Itte He left the country at 4:00 a.m. local time (9:00 p.m. in Mexico) on a private plane along with the diplomatic and administrative staff of the Embassy, without giving more details.
On August 25, the Nigerien military junta gave the French ambassador 48 hours to leave its territory for refusing to meet with its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bakary Yaou Sangarebecause France does not recognize the coup government.
Last Sunday, the president of France, Emmanuel Macronannounced that in "the next few hours" the French ambassador in Niger "will return" to Paris and announced that "he has decided to put an end to military cooperation with Niger."
He indicated in an interview with TF1 and France 2 that the 1,500 French soldiers deployed in Niger on an anti-terrorist mission will leave the African country in an "orderly" manner before the end of the year.
Thus, France yields to the pressure of the Nigerien coup plotters who on August 3 canceled (with deadlines of between 30 and 90 days) the five cooperation agreements on defense and security signed with Paris.
In addition to official pressure, hundreds of Nigeriens have participated in daily demonstrations in the capital since the beginning of the month. Niamey to demand the withdrawal of the French ambassador from Niger as well as the departure of French troops and the nationalization of companies owned by the French.