The first French road convoy, carrying troops and equipment, has completed its withdrawal from Niger, following the overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum in July.
This marked a significant shift in French strategy for the Sahel region. The convoy, safely escorted by Nigerien forces, has now arrived in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. From there, the French troops will embark on their journey back to France by air. It’s noteworthy that this withdrawal comes after tensions between France and the military in Niger.
Chad, which hosts France’s military headquarters for the Sahel, is set to play a crucial role in this repatriation process. This move marks the third time in 18 months that French troops have been recalled from an African colony, raising questions about France’s influence in the region.
The discussions between French President Emmanuel Macron and Chad’s President Mahamat Idriss Deby included regional matters and the return of French military assets.