France closes Niger embassy after row with military junta

FRANCE: France is closing its embassy in Niger indefinitely as tensions between the two countries escalate.

The embassy says it is “no longer able to function normally or fulfil its missions” due to restrictions imposed by Niger’s military government.

Local embassy staff have also been dismissed, former French ambassador Sylvain Itté said in a letter.

This comes as the last French troops have left Niger after being ordered out by the country’s military leaders.

Niger’s relationship with France has soured since the military toppled President Mohamed Bazoum in July.

 

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