President Macron says France will end its military presence in Niger, pull its ambassador after coup


September 25, 2023

Christophe Ena, Associated Press

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaks to medias during a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 21, 2023.

PARIS - President Emmanuel Macron announced Sunday that France will end its military presence in Niger and pull its ambassador out of the country as a result of the coup that removed the democratically elected president.

Niger's junta said in response that the announcement signals a ''new step towards the sovereignty" of the country.

"Imperialist and neo-colonialist forces are no longer welcome on our national territory. The new era of cooperation, based on mutual respect and sovereignty is already underway,'' it said in a statement.


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