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France was preparing to evacuate French and European citizens from Niger on Tuesday after a presidential coup plunged the West African nation into a political crisis that polarized neighboring countries in the region.
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said the first evacuation plane was “airborne,” but did not specify if the flight departed for or from Niger.
There are “several hundred French and several hundred European” citizens that wish to leave Niger and will be evacuated by France, the minister told French broadcaster LCI, adding that she hopes to see the operation completed in 24 hours.
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WNU Editor: Here is a good analysis on why Niger is in the crisis that it is in …. What caused the coup in Niger? An expert outlines three driving factors (The Conversation).
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France to evacuate EU citizens from Niger after military coup — Financial Times