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Protesters in Niger demand departure of French troops

Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "No to France" during a protest calling for the departure of French forces from Burkina Faso, Nov. 16, 2021. (Photo by Reuters)

Hundreds of Nigeriens have taken to the streets of the capital, Niamey, to protest against the presence of French troops in their country.

The demonstrators demanded the immediate departure of French Barkhane forces from their country.

Protesters also accused France of sponsoring terrorism in the Sahel region. Operation Barkhane is an ongoing operation that started in 2014, and is led by the French military allegedly against militant groups in Africa's Sahel region.

After withdrawing its forces from Mali, Paris made Niger the new hub of French troops. Nearly a thousand soldiers along with fighter jets, drones and helicopters are based in the capital Niamey.

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