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  • Updated: October 10, 2023

Niger Junta Says France To Begin Withdrawing Troops Today

Niger Junta Says France To Begin Withdrawing Troops Today

The military junta in Niger has announced that French troops will start withdrawing from the country on Tuesday.

Tensions between the two countries have been high since a July coup deposed the democratically elected president and French ally, Mohamed Bazoum.

The junta stated that they would accompany the first convoy of French soldiers leaving the country. It's unclear how they'll depart.

Land borders remain closed bordering Benin and Nigeria to the south.

Others, though, remain open with Mali, Burkina Faso, and Chad, which are all under military government.

Around 1,500 French soldiers have been assisting Nigerien authorities in their fight against terrorists linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

In August, the junta requested that the French withdraw, accusing them of attempting to reinstall President Bazoum by force.

For weeks, there have been protests outside a French military base in Niamey, the capital.

Initially refusing to evacuate the troops, French President Emmanuel Macron agreed last month, stating they would be gone by the end of the year.

In the war against terror, Niger was seen as one of the West's final friends in the Sahel region.

France's influence in the region has been dwindling as a result of a wave of coups in some of its former colonies.

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