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France to Withdraw Troops and Ambassador from Niger After Failing to Overturn Coup

HeadlineSep 25, 2023

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Sunday France will withdraw its troops and ambassador from Niger, two months after a military coup that overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum. It’s another setback for France’s waning presence in the Sahel region, where its decade-long counterterrorism efforts have largely failed or worsened insecurity. Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso — all former French colonies which have seen military coups in recent years — formed a mutual defense pact earlier this month to combat against armed interventions.

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