1000’s rally in Niger to demand the withdrawal of French troops


1000’s rallied Saturday in Niger’s capital Niamey to demand that former colonial ruler France withdraw its troops as sought by a junta which seized energy in June.

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The protesters gathered close to a base housing French troopers following a name by a number of civic organisations hostile to the French army presence within the West African nation.

They held up banners proclaiming “French military depart our nation”.

The demonstration was boosted by recent arrivals within the afternoon and a dense crowd fashioned at a roundabout close to the French army base on Niamey’s outskirts.

Niger‘s army regime had fired a brand new verbal broadside at France on Friday, accusing Paris of “blatant interference” by backing the nation’s ousted president, as protesters held an identical rally.

President Mohamed Bazoum, a French ally whose election in 2021 had stoked hopes of stability within the troubled nation, was detained on July 26 by members of his guard.

A man holds a placard reading 'France get out of my country'.
A person holds a placard studying ‘France get out of my nation’. © AFP

Relations with France, the nation’s former colonial energy and ally in its struggle in opposition to jihadism, went swiftly downhill after Paris stood by Bazoum.

On August 3, the regime introduced the scrapping of army agreements with France, which has some 1,500 troopers stationed within the nation, a transfer that Paris has ignored on the grounds of legitimacy.

The agreements cowl numerous timeframes, though one among them relationship from 2012 is about to run out inside a month, in response to army leaders.

The army rulers have additionally introduced the quick “expulsion” of the French ambassador Sylvain Itte and stated they’re withdrawing his diplomatic immunity. They stated his presence constituted a risk to public order.

However French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday hailed Itte’s work in Niger and stated he remained within the nation regardless of being given a 48-hour deadline to go away Niger final Friday.

Article 22 of the 1961 Vienna Conference on Diplomatic Relations states that embassy premises are “inviolable” and that brokers of the host state “might not enter them, besides with the consent of the top of the mission”.




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