French embassy in Niger closed until further notice – foreign ministry

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris on Tuesday said its embassy in Niger was now closed, confirming previously announced plans, after relations between the two countries deteriorated following a military coup in the African country.

“For five months, our embassy has been severely hampered, making it impossible to carry out its missions”, a spokeswoman for the French foreign ministry said in a statement.

(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel)