France calls for the release of a French official in Niger

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PARIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – The French Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called for the immediate release of a French official detained by security forces in Niger.

He specifies that an advisor to French nationals in Niger was arrested by Nigerien security forces on September 8.

“From day one, our embassy has worked to guarantee consular protection to our compatriot,” the statement said.

The civil servant is an “adviser of French people abroad”, that is to say an elected official who represents French expatriates and works in close collaboration with the embassies and consulates of the country.

According to the Foreign Ministry website, there are 442 such advisers worldwide. Their role is to help French expatriates with questions related to work, school, social security and others. They are elected for a six-year term.

Niger’s ruling junta last month ordered police to expel the French ambassador, which marks a new slowdown in relations between France and its former colony. Paris said army officers who took power in Niamey in late July did not have the authority to expel the French ambassador.

Report by GV De Clercq, edited by Tassilo Hummel, William Maclean

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