The new authorities in Niger have revoked the diplomatic immunity of the French ambassador in Niamey. Following a 48-hour ultimatum issued by the ruling military on August 25th for Sylvain Itté to leave Niger, the French government declined to comply, asserting its non-recognition of the military regime.
Consequently, Niamey has taken the step of expelling the French ambassador from the country. A formal letter addressed to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that Sylvain Itté no longer holds the privileges and immunities associated with his diplomatic status within the embassy.
As the diplomatic tension persists between Paris and Niamey, experts in governance have advised the military junta to exercise caution in their actions, while also urging France to respect the junta’s decision.