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Burkina Faso gives France two weeks

Burkina Faso gave the French military attaché, Emmanuel Pasquier, and his team a two-week deadline to leave the country, after he was accused of “subversive activities.”
This was stated in a letter sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Burkina Faso to Paris, last Thursday.
The ministry said in the letter that “Ouagadougou has decided to withdraw the accreditation of Mr. Emmanuel Pasquier, the military attaché at the French embassy, ​​in Burkina Faso, against the backdrop of subversive activities.”
The letter did not include any explanations related to the “subversive activities” of which the French attaché was accused.
On the other hand, the spokeswoman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Agence France-Presse that accusing the French attaché of engaging in subversive activities is “a figment of the imagination,” she said.
It is noteworthy that relations between France and Burkina Faso have been deteriorating since the military coup in this country in September 2022.
Last January, Burkina Faso announced its withdrawal from the agreement it concluded with Paris in 2018, an agreement that allowed French forces to deploy in the West African country.
From time to time, citizens of Burkina Faso organize protest demonstrations against the presence of French forces on their lands and demand their departure.
Anti-French feelings have also been increasing in the former French colony since the coming to power of Ibrahim Traoré, the leader of the transitional period, who has become more open with other countries, to enhance efforts to combat extremists in the region.
Burkina Faso is suffering from acts of violence linked to the terrorist organizations Al-Qaeda and ISIS (banned in Russia and many countries), which have resulted in the deaths of thousands and the displacement of nearly two million people.
The current military regime overthrew the previous military council last year, saying that it had not done enough to stop the fighting.

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