France to withdraw ambassador, troops from Niger after coup: Macron | News

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The new military rulers had been demanding the exit of French ambassador and troops after Macron refused to recognise the coup.

French President Emmanuel Macros says his country will withdraw its ambassador and troops from Niger in the wake of July coup that overthrew democratically-elected President Mohamed Bazoum.

“France has decided to withdraw its ambassador. In the next hours our ambassador and several diplomats will return to France,” Macron said in a televised interview on Sunday.

He added that military cooperation was “over” and French troops would withdraw in “the months and weeks to come” with a full pullout “by the end of the year”.

France has maintained some 1,500 troops in Niger since the July coup and refused a request by the new military rulers for its ambassador to leave.

The new military rulers had been demanding the exit of French ambassador and troops after Macron refused to recognise the coup.

With tensions mounting, Macron said that he told the ousted President Bazoum on Sunday that “France has decided to bring back its ambassador, and in the coming hours our ambassador and several diplomats will return to France.”

He noted that France’s military presence in Niger was in response to a request from Niger’s government at the time.

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