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Macron denounces that the French ambassador in Niger is a "hostage" of the coup military junta

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, denounced this Friday that the French ambassador to Niger, Sylvain Itté, has been taken "hostage" by the military who took control of the African country at the end of last July.

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Macron denounces that the French ambassador in Niger is a "hostage" of the coup military junta

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, denounced this Friday that the French ambassador to Niger, Sylvain Itté, has been taken "hostage" by the military who took control of the African country at the end of last July.

"In Niger, as I speak to you, we have an ambassador and diplomatic members who are, literally, taken hostage in the French Embassy," said the French president during a visit to the city of Semur-en-Auxois.

In statements to the media collected by the Elysée on his profile on .

At the end of August, the coup authorities in Niger ordered the expulsion of Ambassador Itté, who ignored these demands. The French Government does not recognize the authority of the military junta that governs the country after the coup d'état of July 26.

In fact, Macron reaffirmed Paris' position this Friday and asserted once again that Mohamed Bazoum, overthrown in the aforementioned coup, is "the legitimately elected president" by the Nigerien population.

Diplomatic sources consulted by the French newspaper 'Le Parisien' have acknowledged that the situation in Niger has been "progressively deteriorating", while they have specified that Itté "is trapped in the Embassy" and that if he leaves there "he will be arrested." ".

On the other hand, the French Foreign Ministry has informed the aforementioned newspaper that Itté is "working at the Embassy" and that "there is no news" in this regard.

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