Attack on a French convoy in Niger: France has already carried out an investigation, Paris responds to Niamey

The French army has already carried out a “Internal investigation” on the circumstances in which three people were killed when one of his convoys passed through Niger, said the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, in response to a request for an investigation by Mohamed Bazoum, the Nigerien president.

“There was an internal investigation, which showed that in the face of demonstrations of great violence our soldiers [avaient] demonstrates the necessary mastery and [avaient] had the adequate reaction “, she noted in an interview with Sunday newspaper (JDD) of December 19.

The Nigerien president has “Required” friday “French authorities” an investigation into the clashes that occurred at the end of November on the route of the “Barkhane” force convoy, during which three people were killed, according to Niamey.

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This convoy, which left Abidjan, the Ivorian economic capital, was to reach Gao, in Mali, as has happened frequently since the start of the French intervention in the Sahel in 2013. It was first blocked and stoned in Kaya, in central Burkina Faso, before resuming its journey a few days later and being again interrupted by angry demonstrators in Téra, in western Niger. Three of them had been killed, in shootings attributed to the Nigerien forces by some, French by others.

Symbol of hostility towards the armed engagement of France

The Minister of the Armed Forces assured that dialogue was continuing with Niamey on this issue. “We continue to discuss with the Nigerien authorities to understand what happened before, during and after these clashes”, noted Mme Parly. “We have a very high quality dialogue with Nigeriens which, I hope, will help prevent any new event of this type”, she added.

Mr. Bazoum also announced that he “Ordered an investigation” by the “Competent services” Nigeriens in order to identify “Malfunctions” of the law enforcement device at the origin of the clashes.

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This convoy has become a symbol of hostility to the armed engagement of France in the Sahel, which is growing in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, among populations exasperated by jihadist violence, which has become omnipresent.

The anti-French discourse is fueled by “Political actors in their own interest or under external influence”, noted the minister, in an allusion to Russia. “But where our soldiers are present, the population understands that it is a question of forces of protection and reassurance, because it is they who are the first target of the terrorists”, she estimated.

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Attack on a French convoy in Niger: France has already carried out an investigation, Paris responds to Niamey

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