The French foreign ministry has responded to the announcement of the military junta in Niger severing diplomatic relations with France and other nations.
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 defense 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 detained President Mohamed Bazoum who gave her the appointment.
In June 2022, Aichatou Boulama Kane was appointed as the ambassador to France. Recently, she defied the coup leaders’ orders to terminate her mandate, as well as the mandates of the 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.