Will Niger succeed in pushing France out?

Supporters of Niger's National Council of Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP) protest outside the Niger and French airbase in Niamey on September 2, 2023 to demand the departure of the French army from Niger.
Protesters rally outside the Niger airbase where French soldiers are stationed in Niamey on September 2, 2023, to demand the French army leave the country [AFP]

Protests in Niger are bigger than they’ve ever been. A month after the military overthrew their president, protesters are focusing their anger on their former colonial power, France. And it’s not just the protesters – Niger’s top court also approved the expulsion of France’s ambassador. French President Emmanuel Macron insists the ambassador will stay. So what’s next for Niger and for France’s slippery hold on Francophone Africa?

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  • Ahmed Idris, Al Jazeera correspondent

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Source: Al Jazeera