ER Editor: This tweet circulating by truthers on Telegram does cover the Africa News story below, as well as giving us an update. A reminder that Sylvain Itte is the French ambassador and was given orders to leave by the military junta in Niger and didn’t. Now his and his families’ visas have been cancelled, with Niger police ordered to expel him.
Here, the French site Qactus (browsers will translate) shows us Sylvain Itte helping one of the ambassadorial staff put out a trash can in the street.
The tweet below also reveals that French military has until today, September 3, to leave the country.
BREAKING: Niger has cancelled the visas of the stubborn French Ambassador to the country who has refused to leave Niger after he was asked to leave by the country’s new leadership. The ruling junta has also asked the police to eject and expel him from the country.
— J. C. Okechukwu (@jcokechukwu) September 1, 2023
The Niger situation seems to be ramping up quite quickly.
Niger’s junta instructs police to expel French ambassador
Niger’s military junta that seized power last month on Thursday said it had revoked the French ambassador’s diplomatic immunity and instructed the police to expel him.
Sylvain Itte’s visa and that of his family have also been cancelled.
Translation: According to this document, which dates back 2 days but has just been made public, the Nigerian authorities believe that @SylvainItte, the French ambassador, no longer enjoys diplomatic immunity and are asking the police to expel him.
He had been told by the junta last Friday that he had 48 hours to leave the country in response to actions taken by the French government which it said were “contrary to the interests of Niger”.
But the deadline passed on Monday without Paris recalling him.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that the ambassador would stay in Niger despite pressure from the military regime. And he reiterated Paris’ support for ousted democratically-elected president Mohamed Bazoum.
The French government said it does not recognise the coup leaders as the country’s legitimate rulers.
Since toppling the president, the junta has leveraged anti-French sentiment among the population to shore up its support.
Thousands of Nigerians gathered at the French military base demanding the immediate withdrawal of troops from the territory of the country
Recall that today, September 3, the deadline that the Niger authorities have set for the complete withdrawal of French troops from the… pic.twitter.com/9oxjMk1oTs
— Sprinter (@Sprinter99800) September 2, 2023
FRENCH MILITARY BASED STORMED IN NIGERpic.twitter.com/CKkou2PatE
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