Niger’s junta instructs police to expel French ambassador

ER Editor: This tweet circulating by truthers on Telegram does cover the Africa News story below, as well as giving us an update. A reminder that Sylvain Itte is the French ambassador and was given orders to leave by the military junta in Niger and didn’t. Now his and his families’ visas have been cancelled, with Niger police ordered to expel him.

The tweet below also reveals that French military has until today, September 3, to leave the country.

The Niger situation seems to be ramping up quite quickly.


Niger’s junta instructs police to expel French ambassador




Niger’s military junta that seized power last month on Thursday said it had revoked the French ambassador’s diplomatic immunity and instructed the police to expel him.

Sylvain Itte’s visa and that of his family have also been cancelled.

Translation: According to this document, which dates back 2 days but has just been made public, the Nigerian authorities believe that @SylvainItte, the French ambassador, no longer enjoys diplomatic immunity and are asking the police to expel him.

He had been told by the junta last Friday that he had 48 hours to leave the country in response to actions taken by the French government which it said were “contrary to the interests of Niger”.

But the deadline passed on Monday without Paris recalling him.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that the ambassador would stay in Niger despite pressure from the military regime. And he reiterated Paris’ support for ousted democratically-elected president Mohamed Bazoum.

The French government said it does not recognise the coup leaders as the country’s legitimate rulers.

Since toppling the president, the junta has leveraged anti-French sentiment among the population to shore up its support.

ER insert:


Protests Near Niamey Air Base Demand Withdrawal of French Troops From Niger



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