In a steadfast declaration, President Emmanuel Macron has affirmed that France will stand its ground and continue to denounce the recent coup while extending its backing to the deposed President Bazoum of Niger. Despite facing pressure from leaders of the coup to depart, France’s ambassador to Niger will maintain his presence in the Sahel nation, according to Macron.
During a significant foreign policy discourse held in Paris, Macron conveyed France’s unwavering support for the ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, lauding his resolute decision not to step down. Macron also emphasized that Paris would endorse any potential military action taken by The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Niger.
Speaking directly to the gathered ambassadors, Macron confirmed that the French envoy, Sylvain Itte, was actively participating from Niger’s capital, Niamey, even though a 48-hour ultimatum had been issued for his departure by the country’s new rulers last Friday.
“Over the past few months, France and its diplomats have confronted particularly challenging situations in various nations – from Sudan, where our conduct has been commendable, to the present circumstances in Niger. I commend your colleagues and those who are steadfastly fulfilling their roles in these complex situations,” Macron stated.
Bazoum’s removal from power on July 26 and his subsequent confinement along with his family at the presidential palace have drawn widespread condemnation from France and most neighboring countries of Niger.
While ECOWAS has been engaged in diplomatic negotiations with the coup leaders, it has indicated its readiness to deploy troops if these efforts fail, aimed at restoring constitutional order.
Last Friday, Niger’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced a 48-hour window for French ambassador Itte to depart, citing his refusal to engage with the new authorities and alleging actions by the French government that were contrary to Niger’s interests.
Macron, reiterating France’s unyielding stance against the coup, underscored its unwavering support for Bazoum, underscoring the legitimacy of his democratic election. “Our policy is well-founded, grounded in President Bazoum’s courageous stance and the commitments of our ambassador on the ground, who remains resolute despite the intense pressure and declarations made by those who hold unauthorized power,” asserted Macron.
Frequently Asked Questions –
Why is the French Ambassador remaining in Niger despite the ultimatum?
The French Ambassador is choosing to remain in Niger as a show of support for the ousted President Bazoum. President Emmanuel Macron has affirmed France’s stance against the recent coup and expressed backing for President Bazoum’s legitimacy. Despite the ultimatum, France’s ambassador will continue to stay in Niger.
What did President Macron emphasize during the foreign policy discourse?
President Macron emphasized France’s unwavering support for the ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. He also mentioned that France would endorse potential military action by ECOWAS in Niger. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is considering deploying troops to restore constitutional order in Niger.
What was the reaction to President Bazoum’s removal from power?
President Bazoum’s removal from power and his subsequent confinement at the presidential palace drew widespread condemnation from France and neighboring countries of Niger. The French government strongly opposed the coup and expressed support for President Bazoum’s democratic election.