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Macron: the French ambassador is literally being held hostage in Niger

Macron made this statement to reporters during a visit to France’s Côte D’Or region.

Sylvain Itte cannot leave the building, he has been declared an undesirable person, he is not even given food

Macron said.

In July, a military junta took control of the West African country. After the takeover, the leaders called on Itte to leave the country, and later his visa was revoked, and the police were tasked with deporting the ambassador.

Despite all this, according to the French presidency, the diplomat remained in place, and the authorities reiterated that they do not recognize the violent rule of the military junta.

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