Any attack on French interests in Niger will spur swift response - French presidency

  • World
  • Sunday, 30 Jul 2023

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron looks on, as he visits the Marseille-Fos industrial dock in Marseille, southeastern France, on June 28, 2023. LUDOVIC MARIN/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Any attack on French nationals or interests in Niger will provoke a strong immediate reaction from France, the French government said on Sunday, as pro-junta protests took place outside the French Embassy in Niamey following last week's military coup.

"The President (Emmanuel Macron) will not tolerate any attack against France and its interests," Macron's office said in a statement, specifying that it would respond to attacks against French diplomats, armed forces or businesses.

Macron has spoken with ousted President Mohamed Bazoum and former president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou in the last few hours, the statement said, adding that both of them condemned the coup and called for calm.

France announced on Saturday it was cutting all development aid to Niger and called for the return of Bazoum. Niger has been a security partner of former colonial power France, and the United States, which have used it as a base to fight an Islamist insurgency in West and Central Africa's wider Sahel region.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau and Layli Foroudi; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Frances Kerry)

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In World

Mexican border state: costs of 'migrant crisis' reach nearly $1 billion
CN Rail says outage that sparked rush-hour travel chaos in Toronto resolved
Australia Indigenous referendum opposition led by older, rural voters -poll
US aid to Ukraine may hinge partly on who takes over as House speaker
Australia state swings from bush fires to flash flooding in 24 hours
U.S. crude oil inventories down last week: API
Canada grizzly bear attack victims were on permitted hike, carrying bear spray
Israel installs new road system to avoid wildlife-vehicle collisions
Brazil's government seeks Congress vote on bill taxing offshore, closed-end funds this week
Pope set for another row with conservatives at bishops' summit

Air Pollutant Index

Highest API Readings

    Select State and Location to view the latest API reading

    Source: Department of Environment, Malaysia

    Others Also Read