Tuesday, January 25, 2022

France, UN join West African states in denouncing Burkina Faso army takeover - FRANCE24

 French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday condemned what he called a "military coup" in Burkina Faso, a day after soldiers said they had seized power in the West African country.



Macron said that France was "clearly, as always" in agreement with the Economic Community of West African States "in condemning this military coup".

The regional organisation as well as Western powers and the United Nations have denounced the takeover and called for the release of President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

Burkina Faso, where France is the former colonial power, is among five Sahel countries where French troops have been assisting local forces against jihadist insurgencies, though Macron announced plans last year to start drawing down French forces.

Kaboré "was elected twice by his people in democratic votes", Macron told journalists during a trip to central France.

"I am told he is not in danger of physical harm," he added.

Macron said the action "is the latest in a succession of several military coups that are very worrying at a time when the region's priority should be the fight against Islamist terrorism".

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