Niger's junta orders police to expel French ambassador after revoking his diplomatic immunity

AP , Thursday 31 Aug 2023

Niger's military junta has revoked the diplomatic immunity of France's ambassador and ordered police to expel him from the country, according to a statement from the military regime.

FILE - In this image taken from video provided by ORTN, Col. Maj. Amadou Abdramane, front centre, makes a statement on July 26, 2023, in Niamey, Niger, as a delegation of military officers appeared on Niger State TV to read out a series of communiques announcing their coup. AP


The mutinous soldiers who ousted Niger’s president more than one month ago gave French Ambassador Sylvain Itte 48 hours to leave the country last week. The deadline expired on August 28 without France recalling Itte.

The French government says it doesn't recognize the coup rulers as the country's legitimate leaders.

The communique sent by Niger's Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier this week and seen by The Associated Press on Thursday said Itte "no longer enjoys the privileges and immunities attached to his status as a member of the diplomatic staff of the embassy."

The document also says the diplomatic cards and visas of the ambassador's families have been cancelled.

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