France faces a potential military pullout from Niger after the coup, jeopardizing counterterrorism efforts.
In the aftermath of the July 26 coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, a key ally of France, the French army is engaged in discussions with Niger’s military regarding the potential withdrawal of certain elements of its presence in the region. This move comes amid growing speculation that France may be compelled to execute a complete military pullout from Niger.
Growing Uncertainty Surrounding France’s Military Presence
Currently, approximately 1,500 French troops are stationed in Niger, playing a pivotal role in the broader campaign against jihadist groups in the Sahel.
The significance of Niger in France’s strategic efforts escalated following previous coup-driven withdrawals of French forces from neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso.