President Macron says France will end its military presence in Niger and pull ambassador after coup.

President Macron’s proclamation signals France’s termination of its military presence in Niger, accompanied by the withdrawal of its ambassador, as a direct consequence of a recent coup that toppled the nation’s democratically elected head of state.

Mounting tensions between France and Niger, the latter being a former French colony, have steadily escalated in recent weeks, culminating in this decisive move by President Emmanuel Macron on September 24.

This announcement reverberates significantly, albeit predictably, throughout France’s African policy landscape. It follows the pattern set by the French military’s withdrawal from neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso in the wake of coups in those nations in recent years. France’s substantial deployment of troops in the region, at the behest of African leaders seeking assistance in combatting jihadist factions, is now set to undergo a transformative shift.

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