Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has told French media Le Figaro his country will not provide a territory for French troops expelled out of Niger. “Mauritania does not seem to me, either strategically or geographically, to be the best country to host soldiers dedicated to the fight against terrorism in the Sahel. France’s President Emmanuel Macron late September gave in to Niger’s new authorities demand for the departure of the 1,500 French troops stationed in the West African country to counter terrorism in the region. The authorities, led by General Abdourahmane Tchiani who toppled on July 26 President Mohamed Bazoum, have severed ties with the former colonial power. They also obtained the departure of French ambassador Sylvain Itté.
Source: The North Africa Journal October 02, 2023 11:21 UTC