The French newspaper “Le Monde”, quoting “French and Nigerian sources”, revealed particulars a couple of French navy intervention in Niger, which just about occurred, however didn’t occur in the long run, so why and the way did Paris again down on the final second?
The newspaper says that Hasoumi Massoudou, who was the overseas minister within the authorities of Niger earlier than the overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum, signed a doc giving France permission to launch a navy operation to liberate Bazoum hours after his overthrow. This doc acknowledged that the reliable authorities of Niger “authorize the French companion to hold out strikes focusing on the presidential palace with the intention of liberating the President of the Republic of Niger who’s being held hostage.”
The commander of the Nationwide Guard, Mido Guero, within the title of the Nigerian Chief of Workers, Abdou Siddigo Issa, additionally signed an analogous doc, as a result of France stipulated that any request for its intervention be in writing.
The 2 sides started making ready for navy motion, whereas Abd al-Rahman Tiani, the chief of the group that overthrew Bazoum, was holding talks within the first hours after the coup with former President Mohamed Issoufou, who intervened as a mediator. Issoufou additionally spoke with Bazoum, however he couldn’t persuade Tianyi to launch the president he had simply ousted, figuring out that it was the previous president who appointed Tiani as commander of the presidential guard twelve years in the past. After that, a variety of generals and senior officers within the military have been invited to hitch the talks, and out of the blue most of them joined the navy group that overthrew Bazoum and appeared in entrance of the media through the announcement of the formation of the “Nationwide Council for the Safety of the Homeland.”
An in depth affiliate of Bazoum says that the French started to organize for some motion, because it was nonetheless potential for issues to show round in favor of the reliable authorities of Niger. And arrived French forces to the constructing of the Normal Command of the Nationwide Guard in Niamey at 4 o’clock within the morning Thursday on the twenty-seventh of July, hours after the coup within the twenty-sixth of it. These forces consisted of greater than ten navy autos and a variety of helicopters that have been prepared for navy motion.
Anti-French demonstration in Niamey
The identical supply provides that the French knowledgeable the circle surrounding the ousted president of Niger that they have been totally ready to provoke a course of that will return him to energy with out exposing him to any hurt through the course of, however the president himself objected to that and contacted the commander of French operations in Niger asking him to not intervene militarily. “He believes very a lot in dialogue, and this time, too, he believed within the usefulness of dialogue with those that turned towards him. He’s the one who disrupted every part,” as Le Monde newspaper attributed to considered one of his aides.
After that, and with the passage of time, the French themselves started to hesitate, particularly with poles of the navy management that have been supportive of the president becoming a member of the group that turned towards him, and amongst them, for instance, Chief of Workers Siddigou Issa Mido, in whose title a doc was signed giving permission to France to intervene, the supply provides. Himself.
The French justified on the time, within the phrases of a supply amongst them, their hesitation after which their retreat from the navy operation by saying: “It was lacking a needed situation for finishing up it. We might have supported the reliable forces of Niger, however definitely not alone. This isn’t potential. We’re not in our nation. Africa is just not us”, and this was a transparent trace to France’s unwillingness to hold out a navy operation with out the assist of america, or no less than with out its approval.