Niger: Junta Accuses France of Deploying Troops for Possible Intervention

Source: US News & World Report

“Niger’s junta on Sunday accused France of deploying troops in several West African countries as part of preparations for a possible military intervention together with the regional bloc ECOWAS in Niger. In a communique read on state television overnight, the junta also repeated its call for the departure of French troops from its territory — a major source of tension between the one-time allies since the July 26 ouster of president Mohamed Bazoum. The statement appealed to ‘national and international opinion to witness the consequences of this aggressive, underhanded and contemptuous attitude adopted by France.’ Relations between Niger and its former coloniser France have soured since Paris declared the junta illegitimate.” (09/10/23)