Thousands have gathered in Niger’s capital, Niamey, demanding the departure of the French ambassador and troops. This follows accusations from Niger’s military government, which took power on July 26, that France is interfering in its internal affairs. The French government has backed the deposed President Mohamed Bazoum and refused to recognize the new rulers. Tensions escalate as France remains reluctant to leave, especially after its forced exits from neighboring nations.
- Thousands in Niamey protested against the French military presence, with slogans like “French army, leave our country.”
- Niger’s military government accused French President Macron of fostering a neocolonial relationship and using divisive remarks regarding the recent coup.
- France continues to support the deposed President Bazoum, with its ambassador Sylvain Itte staying in Niger despite an ultimatum to leave.
- Protests, though previously calm, intensified as demonstrators tried to breach security barriers and approach the French military base.
- The situation in Niger is further complicated by potential military intervention threats from the regional bloc, ECOWAS, which seeks to reinstate Bazoum to power.