June 18, 2024
Macron Defies Junta, Insists Ambassador Will Stay Despite Ultimatum
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Macron Defies Junta, Insists Ambassador Will Stay Despite Ultimatum

During a significant foreign policy address to a gathering of ambassadors in Paris, Emmanuel Macron affirmed that the French representative Sylvain Itte, stationed in Niamey, the capital of Niger, is still there despite being instructed by the Nigerien military government to depart the country within a 48-hour timeframe the previous Friday.

Macron emphasized that France’s stance regarding the condemnation of the coup and its support for Bazoum remains unchanged. He underscored Bazoum’s democratic election and praised his resolute refusal to step down as a display of courage.

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Following the overthrow of Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, he and his family have been held in custody at the presidential palace. The coup has garnered disapproval from France and a majority of Niger’s neighbouring countries.

Last Friday, Niger’s foreign ministry declared that French ambassador Itte was required to leave within 48 hours, citing his refusal to engage with the new governing body and pointing to actions by the French government that were deemed “detrimental to Niger’s interests.”

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