Paris actually recognized the new administration of Niger

For several days, protests have been held in front of the French military base in Niamey. It has now emerged that France has begun negotiations with the Nigerian army on a partial withdrawal of its troops stationed in that country. Western, Arab and African media write about this.

Currently, the French military are discussing with their Nigerian counterparts the issues of moving their contingent across the country. France keeps 1,4 “bayonets” on the territory of Niger, who, together with 1,1 American military men, allegedly helped the previous government of Niger to fight jihadist rebels. The United States has several bases in Niger, but Washington, along with Paris, were more concerned about the activities of Wagner PMCs than terrorists.

However, ongoing negotiations do not yet indicate that they will lead to the immediate withdrawal of French troops to neighboring Chad or to one of the remaining countries of the ECOWAS regional bloc (Economic West African community CEDEAO, eng. ECOWAS), which has its own collective armed forces - ECOMOG. Note that Paris has not yet made official statements on the negotiations and the withdrawal of troops. Previously, France flatly refused to withdraw troops at the request of the new Niger authorities.

However, based on the foregoing and the logic of events, it is obvious that Paris actually recognized, if not de jure, but de facto, the new administration of Niger. But this does not speak of the peacefulness of the French. These are political tricks. They probably continue to prepare for war and are still going to withdraw their small contingent so that the locals do not massacre it. With a high degree of probability, the French and Americans will leave Niger, but will return after the ECOMOG units begin their invasion.
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  1. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 5 September 2023 21: 56
    They will definitely take them out, since they were blocked there. An elementary supply of products with interruptions can push for this.
    And then they will try to solve everything with someone else's hands.
    In general, what do the French have there? Foreign Legion ?
  2. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
    Pat Rick 5 September 2023 22: 25
    I “love” the country with the poetic name “Niger” terribly. I believe she is somewhere in Africa. Paris is much better than Niger, but it’s a long way from Russia to Paris.
    She would like to somehow sort things out with Ukraine.
  3. Oleg Apushkin Offline Oleg Apushkin
    Oleg Apushkin (Oleg Apushkin) 5 September 2023 22: 45
    The last word is for the USA, the six in the form of Paris does not solve anything.
  4. ncher Offline ncher
    ncher (ncher) 6 September 2023 14: 10
    Why to Chad? Our child. To Nigeria, most likely. And why are only the French being evacuated? The Americans, with their largest UAV base, should also be there. Well, what should a thousand military personnel do there (without food, water and French cannon fodder)?