French embassy’s defense attache ordered to leave Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s military junta, citing “subversive” conduct, instructs the French embassy’s defense attache to depart the nation, according to a statement reviewed by media sources on Friday.

The expulsion of Emmanuel Pasquier marks the most recent indication of increasing tension between the West African nation and its former colonial ruler, France, following two military coups that took place last year.

The statement, dated September 14, stipulated that Pasquier and his staff must depart the country within a two-week period.

France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it is currently investigating reports of the expulsion and is unable to provide an immediate comment.

The self-declared transitional government of Burkina Faso has previously instructed the exit of France’s ambassador and senior United Nations representative Barbara Manzi. Additionally, there has been an enforcement effort targeting French media.

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