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Niger coup sparks anti-French violence, Paris warns of retaliation

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France has issued a stern warning to any potential attackers on its nationals or interests in Niger, following a military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum last week. The former colonial power in Niger has also cut off all development aid to the West African nation and called for the restoration of democracy.

Thousands of pro-junta protesters demonstrated in front of the French Embassy in Niamey on Sunday, some of them vandalizing the building and burning the French flag. They accused France of meddling in Niger’s internal affairs and supporting the deposed president.

“President will not tolerate any attack against France and its interests,” said Macron’s office in a statement, specifying that it would respond to attacks against French diplomats, armed forces or businesses. Macron has spoken with Bazoum and former president Mahamadou Issoufou in the last few hours, the statement said, adding that both of them condemned the coup and called for calm.

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