Burkina Faso’s military leader demands French departure

Burkina Faso’s military government has ordered French troops stationed in the West African country to leave within a month.

The decision, announced by the official Agence d’Information du Burkina (AIB) on Saturday, is the latest sign of deteriorating relations between France and its former colony since a second military coup in September of last year.

The AIB said the military government on Wednesday suspended a 2018 military accord that allowed the presence of French troops in the country. There was no immediate comment from Paris.

Hundreds of Burkinabes also demonstrated against France on Friday, rallying in the capital, Ouagadougou, demanding the expulsion of the French envoy and the closure of its military base in Burkina Faso.

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