France is set to support any efforts, including military intervention, made by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to restore constitutional order in Niger, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, APA reports citing TASS.
"We support the diplomatic and, if it is decided, the military activity of ECOWAS," he said, adding that Paris will not drop its support for legitimately elected President Mohamed Bazoum.
The French leader called on Niger’s residents not to be misled by the junta’s narrative that France is an enemy to Niger. The problem for Niger’s population, in his words, is that the rebels put them at risk by "refusing to fight terrorism and moving away from beneficial economic policy." This is why the country is "losing international financing that would help them out of poverty," he noted.