Friday, September 15, 2023

"Macron: French ambassador, other diplomats are ‘being held hostage’ at embassy in Niger"

I did not realize the diplomats were still in Niger. Not a good situation.

From The Hill, September 15:

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday said the top diplomat and others are “literally being held hostage at the French embassy” by the country’s new military leaders.

During an exchange with reporters in the eastern town of Semur-en-Auxois, Macron relayed the grave situation that is currently unfolding for French Ambassador Sylvain Itté, and the other diplomats.

“In Niger, as I speak to you we have an ambassador and diplomatic members who are literally being held hostage at the French embassy,” Macron said. “They are preventing food deliveries and he is eating military rations.” ...


French special forces are very capable but if employed here it could be a bloodbath.