Niger residents loot lorry carrying water for French soldiers

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Near the French military base in Niamey, the capital of Niger, a lorry stopped by the pro-military administration supporters was emptied on the allegation that it was bringing drinking water to the French soldiers. The crowd, which also damaged the vehicle, wants the French soldiers in Niger to leave the country as soon as possible.

Niger residents loot lorry carrying water for French soldiers

Near the French military base in Niamey, the capital of Niger, a lorry stopped by the pro-military administration supporters was emptied on the allegation that it was bringing drinking water to the French soldiers. The crowd, which also damaged the vehicle, wants the French soldiers in the country to leave the country as soon as possible, Anadolu Agency reported.

The people of Niger, who do not want the French soldiers to be present in Niger territory, are trying every way to get the French soldiers to leave. Niger, which wants freedom in its own territory, aims to be stronger after the departure of France if it solves the security problem.

'FRANCE'S STRATEGY IN AFRICA'

The withdrawal of French soldiers from Niger poses a number of logistical challenges. The second issue is the uncertainty as to where the French soldiers will be deployed or whether they will return to France. In the case of France, it is a possibility that the French soldiers to be withdrawn from Niger will be shifted to countries such as Chad, Gabon, and Benin where French bases are located in Africa. 
In case they return to France instead of being shifted, this political preference will also signal a change in France's strategy in Africa.

'AMBASSADOR CRISIS BETWEEN FRANCE AND NIGER'

The military government, which came to power in Niger on July 26, gave France's Ambassador to Niamey Sylvain Itte 48 hours to leave the country on August 25, but Ambassador Itte did not leave the country.

France had declared that "the military junta is not an authority that can demand the departure of the French ambassador". Thereupon, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Niger announced in a note sent to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 31 that Ambassador Itte's immunity had been lifted and that he would be deported.

After the note, tight security measures were taken around the French Embassy in Niamey, and vehicles entering and leaving the embassy were started to be checked by Niger security forces. Likewise, security was increased around the air base named "Niamey 101" in the capital where French soldiers are stationed.

It is known that the military administration, which cannot enter the French Embassy in Niamey in accordance with the diplomatic immunity provided by the Vienna Convention, wants to "capture" Ambassador Itte, whose immunity was canceled, outside the embassy building.

The exact whereabouts of Ambassador Itte, who is still in Niger territory, is unknown.

COUP IN NIGER

In Niger, President Mohamed Bazoum was detained by elements of the Presidential Guard Regiment on July 26, and the military announced its seizure of power that evening.

On July 28, General Abdourrahmane (Omar) Tchiani, the commander of the Presidential Guard Regiment, assumed leadership of the junta, the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), and became the head of the transitional government.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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