Situation in Niger After Military Coup
On July 26, Niger's presidential guard detained President Mohamed Bazoum. The guard's commander, Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani, proclaimed himself the country's new leader.

Nigeriens 'Proud' as They Bid Farewell to French Soldiers: Video

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Following last July's military coup in Niger, tensions have persisted between the French authorities and those of its former colony. The ruling military called for the withdrawal of French troops from the country. Since September 2, Nigeriens have demonstrated in front of the French base in Niamey to demand a prompt departure of the contingent.
The withdrawal of the 1,400 French soldiers and airmen deployed in Niger began on October 10, as requested by the new authorities of the African country. During the departure of the first land convoy to Chad, Nigeriens gathered and chanted "Down with France! [...] Those who are leaving are French. We are proud of that," according to a local activist's interview with Sputnik.

"I cannot tell you the number or what [the evacuated contingent] contains. However, I can assure you that it is the departure of the French. We are only proud. Thanks to our armed forces, thanks to the population, thanks to the Nigerien people, it started," the activist said.

Ali Hassan, a local activist who commented on the event for Sputnik, stated that Nigeriens were proud of managing to secure the withdrawal of the French troops.
According to him, a French convoy departed from the Ayorou base in southwest Niger and arrived at Niamey. The soldiers then boarded a transport plane and a portion of the French contingent proceeded to Chad by land.
In September, Emmanuel Macron announced that the French military would withdraw from Niger by the end of 2023. They are relocating to Chad, where the French Forces in the Sahel have their command center in N'Djamena. According to Niamey, the disengagement will continue in accordance with "the timetable agreed by both parties."
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Situation in Niger After Military Coup
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About 1,400 French soldiers and airmen have been based in Niger. This includes approximately 1,000 stationed in Niamey and the rest of the 400 positioned on two advanced bases in the west, in Ouallam and Tabarey-Barey.
These bases are located in the center of the region known as the "three borders" zone, which shares borders with Mali and Burkina Faso.