They’ve held our ambassador hostage in Niger Republic – French President, Macron

France’s ambassador in Niger is being held hostage at the French embassy by the military junta which has seized power in the West African nation, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.

“As we speak, we have an ambassador and diplomatic members which are being literally held hostage at the French embassy, and food is prevented from being delivered. They’re eating military rations,” Macron told reporters during a visit to Burgundy.

It had earlier been reported that the coup leaders had ordered the ambassador to leave the country, but the envoy reportedly defied the directive.

Several Nigeriens had taken their protest to the French embassy, calling on its occupiers to leave the West African country following their criticism of the military coup that toppled civilian government.

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