Burkina Faso: Junta gives French troops a month to leave

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Burkina Faso’s military regime told France it wants its troops stationed in the country to leave within a month, the state news agency AIB reported on Saturday. ‘The Burkinabe government last Wednesday denounced the accord which has governed, since 2018, the presence of French armed forces on its territory,’ AIB said, adding that authorities had given France a month to complete its pull-out. A source close to the government clarified it was ‘not the severance of relations with France. The notification only concerns military cooperation agreements.’ France has 400 special forces soldiers stationed in junta-ruled Burkina to battle an Islamist insurgency, but relations have deteriorated in recent months. … The military junta, led by Captain Ibrahim Traore, seized power last September in the second coup in the former French colony in eight months.” (01/22/23)