France recalls its ambassador to Niger and evacuate the embassy’s entire personnel, French President Emmanuel Macron said, SİA informs referring to TASS.
"France has decided to recall its ambassador. Our ambassador, together with other diplomats, will return to France in the coming hours," he said in an interview with the TF1 and France 2 television channels.
He stressed that France was present in Niger with the only goal of fighting against terrorism and repeated this thesis that France’s Operation Barkhane in Sahel countries (2013-2022) was successful. In his words, Burkina Faso, Mali and other countries, where the operation was held, would have been swallowed by Islamist caliphates but for France.
"Francafrique doesn’t exist any longer. We cannot interfere into [Niger’s] political live, despite the coup. Today, I spoke with President [of Niger Mohamed] Bazoum, the only legitimate power in the country. He was elected by people and is still kept hostage," he said, adding that the coup had been staged because of Bazoum’s "bold reforms."
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