France condemns coup in Gabon, monitoring situation

France condemned the military coup in Gabon, a Central African country, the government spokesperson said on Wednesday.

“France is also monitoring the situation with much attention, and wished that the elections results, once announced, would be respected,” Olivier Veran said in a news conference following the Council of Ministers in Paris.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne earlier said that France was monitoring the developments in coup-hit Gabon with the “utmost attention.”

Situation in Gabon

A group of senior Gabonese army officers appeared on national television early Wednesday and announced that they had seized power.

The move came shortly after the Gabonese Election Center confirmed that incumbent President Ali Bongo officially won a third term as president with 64.27% of the votes.

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