Niger bans French planes from its airspace

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Niger’s military leaders have banned “French planes” from flying over the country’s airspace, according to the website of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA).

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NigerFrench airspace is “open to all national and international commercial flights with the exception of French aircraft or aircraft chartered by France including those of the airline Air France” he said in a statement dated Saturday evening.

The airspace would remain closed to “all military, operational and other special flights” unless previously authorized, the message said.

Air France simply indicated to AFP that it “does not fly over Niger airspace”.

Niger reopened its airspace to commercial flights on September 4 after being closed for almost a month.

This West African country then announced on August 6 that it was closing its airspace due to the “threat of intervention from neighboring countries”, while the Economic Community of African States West threatened military action to restore elected president Mohamed Bazoum, overthrown in conflict. coup d’état of July 26.

France has repeatedly supported the West African bloc and relations between Paris and Niamey have been at their lowest since the coup.

(AFP)

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