Tensions between the military leadership of Niger and France have escalated as reports emerged stating that the Nigerien military has severed essential supplies to the French Embassy in the capital, Niamey. According to Turkish news wire Anadolu, citing various social media sources, electricity, water, and food deliveries to the French Embassy have been halted. Similar actions have reportedly been taken at the French consulate in various cities, including Zinder, Tera, Oualam, Ayorou, Dosso, Niamey, and Filingue.
Elh Issa Hassoumi Boureima, the President of the National Support Committee for the CNSP, the military junta, issued a directive requesting all partners of French bases in Niger to suspend the supply of fuel, water, electricity, and food products. He stated that Nigelec and SPEN (SEEN) were requested to cut off water and electricity to the French Embassy and consulates in Zinder and Niamey.
Furthermore, partners continuing to aid in the provision of goods and services to the French were warned that their actions would be viewed as opposing the sovereignty of the people.
The reported actions occurred following the expiry of a two-day deadline given by the military administration to the French ambassador, Sylvain Itte, to leave Nigerien territory. The expulsion order against the ambassador was rejected by French authorities, reiterating their stance that they did not recognize the authority of the military rulers.
Tensions between the new regime in Niamey and various Western powers, as well as the West African bloc ECOWAS, have intensified since the coup on July 26. The turmoil was initiated when Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani, a former commander of the presidential guard, led a military intervention that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. As the situation continues to evolve, the international community closely watches the developments between Niger and France.
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