The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mme Catherine Colonna, hosted a meeting at the Quai d'Orsay with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger, Mr Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, on 5 August 2023. He was accompanied by Niger's Ambassador to France, Ms Aichatou Boulama Kane.
The Minister reaffirmed France's wholehearted support for President Bazoum – elected by the Nigerien people – and his government, which are the sole legitimate authorities of Niger.
France strongly and resolutely supports ECOWAS's efforts to thwart this attempted coup. Niger's future and the stability of the whole region are at stake.
ECOWAS set a seven-day deadline for the coup leaders to end their power grab.
It expires tomorrow, Sunday 6 August. France solemnly appeals to those responsible for the attempted coup d'état to release President Bazoum and all the members of his government and enable an immediate return to constitutional and democratic order.