France To Withdraw From Niger; French Embassy, Military Bases To Be Evacuated!
France President Emmanuel Macron has ordered the withdrawal of his country’s ambassador as well as French military forces from Niger.
Macron issued the order to return French Ambassador to Niger Sylvain Itté from capital Niamey and also evacuate France’s military bases in Niger by the end of 2023. The order has been issued as a consequence of a military coup in Niger and the disregard of the coup leaders for the repeated requests to restore power to the ousted president, Mohamed Bazoum.
Macron said in his statements on the issue that Niger no longer has an interest in fighting terrorism! Therefore, I announce the end of military operations in this country.
Concurrent with this political decision, the Niger Airlines also banned the flight of French aircraft over the airspace of this African country since Sunday (September 24), following an order by the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland of Niger.
Prior to the decision to withdraw from Niger, France had announced in response to the anti-French actions of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland of Niger that it did not recognize this council and would not comply with their request to withdraw its ambassador from the capital city of Niamey.
Niger, after Mali and Burkina Faso, is the third country in Africa to demand the withdrawal of French troops from its territory.
France, under the pretext of fighting terrorism, has built various military bases in the countries of the West African coast in the past decade and Paris has gained the privilege of oil resources and mines of these nations.
Many experts are of the opinion that the recent events in the West Africa region are the beginning of a new anti-colonial era and that more African countries will join this trend in the future.