French President Emmanuel Macron has declined a request from Niger’s military junta to withdraw French soldiers following a coup that strained relations between the two nations.

French President Emmanuel Macron has rebuffed the military junta’s proposal from Niger,

which sought the withdrawal of French soldiers following a coup that strained relations between the two nations.


The tension between Niger and its former colonial power escalated after the July 26 revolution,

which ousted President Mohamed Bazoum and severed military connections with France.


Macron has indicated his willingness to support the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in using force to restore democracy,

but ECOWAS has shifted its focus towards diplomatic solutions for the Niger situation.


Macron clarified during the G-20 summit in New Delhi, India, that any redeployment of French forces would only occur upon the request of President Bazoum,

emphasizing that the putschists’ declarations lack legitimacy.


These remarks from Macron followed the junta’s claim that France had not adhered to their request for the 1,500 French troops in Niger to depart by September 3.


A spokesperson for the junta mentioned that Nigerien and French military leaders had discussed a strategy for the withdrawal of French soldiers earlier in the month,

but as of now, there has been no progress in implementing this plan.

The junta also alleged that France was preparing for a potential attack on Niger in collaboration with the regional bloc, ECOWAS, by deploying forces in multiple ECOWAS countries.

By Chinedu

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