After President Emmanuel Macron declined the Niger junta ultimatum to withdraw the French diplomatic mission from the West African nation, tensions proceed to escalate because it now surfaces that France’s ambassador to Niger ‘is being held hostage within the French embassy’.
France 24 reported:
“The ambassador resides off ‘army rations’, Macron instructed reporters within the jap city of Semur-en-Auxois.
‘As we communicate, we have now an envoy and diplomatic employees who’re actually being held hostage within the French embassy’, he mentioned.
‘They’re stopping meals deliveries’, he mentioned, in an obvious reference to Niger’s new army rulers. ‘He’s consuming army rations’.
Niger’s army leaders instructed French ambassador Sylvain Itte he needed to depart the nation after they overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26.
However a 48-hour ultimatum for him to go away, issued in August, handed with him nonetheless in place because the French authorities refused to conform, or to recognise the army regime as reputable.”
This worrying improvement comes proper after Niger army arrested a Frech elected official, Stephane Jullien, counsellor for French residents overseas.
Associated Press: “The Overseas Ministry didn’t elaborate on the place and the way Jullien was arrested or whether or not officers in Paris knew the place he was being held. It mentioned solely that France was following the state of affairs intently and was ‘absolutely mobilized’ to guarantee him the protections as a consequence of anybody overseas.”
The Niger junta additionally accused France of massing troops and army gear in neighboring nations, in what appears a transparent preparation for an invasion of of post-coup Niger.
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