France has decided to withdraw its ambassador and end all military cooperation with Niger following a coup in the West African country last month, according to France President Emmanuel Macron.
The move is a major blow to France’s counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel region and its influence in the region.
“France has decided to withdraw its ambassador,” Macron said in a televised address. “In the next hours our ambassador and several diplomats will return to France.”
The president added that military cooperation was “over” and French troops would leave in “the months to come.”
A military junta seized power in Niger on July 26, ousting President Mohamed Bazoum.
The coup was met with widespread condemnation from the international community, including France.
The decision to withdraw the ambassador and end military cooperation is the latest sign of the deteriorating relationship between France and Niger.
In recent months, there have been regular protests in the capital Niamey against the French presence in the country.
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