| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

Niger junta instructs police to expel French ambassador

The Nigerian junta that took control last month claimed that Sylvain Itte, the French ambassador, no longer had diplomatic protection and that police had been ordered to evict him.

In reaction to acts taken by the French government that it claimed were “contrary to the interests of Niger,” the junta ordered the ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours on Friday.

The visas of the ambassador and his family were cancelled, the junta said in a statement dated Aug. 29 and confirmed as authentic by the junta’s head of communications.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that the ambassador would stay in the country despite the junta’s pressure and reiterated France’s support to Niger’s ousted president Mohamed Bazoum.

  • Reuters