French President on Friday said that the country's ambassador in Niger is held hostage by the military junta.

Iran PressEurope: Under Niger’s new military administration, France’s ambassador has effectively been “taken hostage,” said President Emmanuel Macron, reported French media on Friday evening.

“In Niger, as I speak to you, we have an ambassador and diplomatic members who are literally taken hostage at the French Embassy,” Emmanuel Macron said during a visit to the northwestern town of Semur-en-Auxois.

Speaking to journalists during a visit to the Côte D’Or region in France on Friday, Macron said that “food was prevented from being delivered” to the embassy in Niamey, and that the ambassador was “eating military rations.”

As Niger’s leaders do not allow fresh supplies into the embassy compound, the ambassador is forced to eat only military rations, he added.

Niger plunged into turmoil on July 26, when Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani, a former commander of the presidential guard, led a military intervention that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

At the end of August, Niger's military administration ordered the expulsion of Ambassador Sylvain Itte, but Paris refused.

Military administrations also took power in neighboring Burkina Faso in 2022 and in Mali in 2020. 219