Le Monde: France begins talks with Niger’s military to withdraw its troops

05.09.2023, Paris.

The French authorities began negotiations with the Nigerian military on the withdrawal of units from the territory of Niger, Le Monde wrote  on September 5.

According to the publication, there are currently about 1,500 French military personnel in Niger, stationed at three bases: in the capital Niamey, in Ouallam, north of the capital, and in Ayoru, near the border with Mali. However, neither the number of soldiers to be moved nor other conditions for their departure have yet been determined.

The source cited by the publication says that negotiations on the withdrawal of French units are a normal process, as counter-terrorism cooperation between the countries has ceased.

Earlier, Nigerian units had headed to the French base in Niamey to monitor the actions of the foreign military. This decision was taken after the French side announced that their military would continue to remain in Niger.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency