The Nigerien military regime resulting from a coup d’état accuses France of “deploying its forces” in several West African countries with a view to an “aggression” against Niger, in a statement read Saturday night on national television.
France continues to deploy its forces in several ECOWAS countries (Economic Community of West African States) as part of preparations for an aggression against Niger, which it is considering in collaboration with this community organization.in particular
in Ivory Coast, Senegal and Benindeclared a member of the regime, Major Colonel Amadou Abdramane.
After the July 26 coup, ECOWAS threatened military intervention in Niger, for which it had announced preparations. A decision supported by France, which has 1,500 soldiers in this Sahel country, within the framework of the anti-jihadist fight.
At the beginning of August, the Nigerien generals in power, who want the departure of French soldiers, denounced several military cooperation agreements concluded with the former colonial power.
According to them, one of these texts contained a one-month notice. The regime stated in the statement that
The Chief of Staff of the Nigerien Armies received the commander of the French Forces in the Sahel in Zinder to discuss a plan for the withdrawal of French military capabilities.
We receive a withdrawal announcement from an operational level. WHO
It is therefore not supported by the General Staff of the French armies or the French government and has not been the subject of any official press release. assured the Nigerien regime.
On Tuesday, Paris stated that
trade winds were on the march between the Nigerien and French armies to
Facilitate the movements of French military assets..
The question arises of the maintenance of some of our forces. declared the Ministry of the Armed Forces.