Only the ‘legitimate’ Niger Republican govt can cut military ties with us”— France

The French foreign ministry has reacted to report of the military junta in Niger Republic cutting ties with it and other countries. 

France stated that the junta’s decision to scrap bilateral military pacts is invalid as only a “legitimate” leadership can do that. AFP reported that France’s foreign ministry said “the legal framework of France’s defence agreement with Niger is based on accords that were signed with the legitimate Nigerien authorities.”

Also, Niger’s ambassador to France has insisted that her position can’t be revoked unless by detained President Mohamed Bazoum who gave her the appointment. 

Aichatou Boulama Kane who was appointed as ambassador to France in June 2022, said she rejected the order by the coup leaders to end her mandate as well as that of ambassadors to Nigeria, Togo and the United States.

“I am still the ambassador of legitimate President Mohamed Bazoum and I consider myself as such. The decision was taken by illegitimate authorities. I am the ambassador of Niger in France.” she said in a telephone interview with AFP.