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France begins evacuating its citizens and other Europeans from Niger

By Angelique Chrisafis, Lisa O'Carroll and Peter Beaumont

02 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. France has begun evacuating its citizens and other Europeans from Niger following a military coup that overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum. This response goes further than France's reaction to coups in Mali and Burkina Faso over recent years, where French citizens were not evacuated.

France has started evacuating its citizens and other Europeans from Niger, days after a junta toppled the president, Mohamed Bazoum, and seized power in the west African country.

Tensions between Niger and former colonial power France have escalated after the coup on 26 July overthrew one of the last pro-western leaders in Africa’s Sahel region. France’s decision to swiftly evacuate its citizens goes further than its reaction to putsches in recent years in the other former French colonies of Mali and Burkina Faso, where French citizens were not evacuated after military coups.

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