Coup D’état: France Bows To Pressure as Ambassador Leaves Niger Republic

Coup D’état: France Bows To Pressure as Ambassador Leaves Niger Republic

  • French ambassador to Niger Republic, Sylvain Itte, has finally left the landlocked West African country
  • The office of French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris confirmed that Illte left the Niger Republic on Wednesday, September 27
  • Illte was ordered to leave the Niger Republic within 48 hours by the military junta who took over power

Niger Republic - Niamey - French ambassador, Sylvain Itte, has finally left the Niger Republic one month after the military government that took over power from deposed President Mohamed Bazoum ordered his expulsion.

According to Reuters, Itte left Niger on Wednesday morning, September 27.

French ambassador, Sylvain Itte finally leaves Niger Republic
French ambassador, Sylvain Itte finally leaves Niger Republic Photo Credit: @SylvainItte
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French ambassador leaves Niger Republic

This is coming days after President Emmanuel Macron said Ittle would return to Paris and French troops withdrew.

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President Macron made the announcement on Sunday, September 24.

Ittle’s departure was confirmed by two security sources in the Republic of Niger and President Macron's office in Paris.

It was gathered that crowds of junta supporters had spent days camping outside a French military base to demand the troops' departure.

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In a similar development, reported that the coup leader in the Niger Republic ordered Itte to leave the landlocked West African country within 48 hours.

The foreign ministry disclosed this in a statement on Friday, August 25.

According to the statement, the decision was taken partly due to Itte’s refusal to respond to an invitation to a meeting with the minister of foreign affairs.

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The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs disclosed this in a statement, adding that the evacuation commences today, Tuesday, August 1.

“Only legitimate Niger govt can cut military ties” - France

The crisis in Niamey, Niger Republic, worsened on Friday, August 4, as France rejected the Niger junta’s move to cut off bilateral military ties with Nigeria, France, and other countries.

The French foreign ministry maintained that the West African country’s “legitimate” leadership alone was entitled to do so.


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