Sep 27

No sign of departing French envoy after Macron announces Niger retreat

Reuters reports that two days after French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his envoy in Niger would return within several hours after deciding to withdraw his troops from the country, the whereabouts of Ambassador Sylvain Itte are unclear. In a sudden about turn on Sunday, Macron said France’s 1,500 counter-terrorism troops would finally withdraw from its former colony after a two-month stand off since a military coup that overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum.