France recalls its ambassador to Burkina Faso

PARIS (Reuters) – France has recalled its ambassador to Burkina Faso, Luc Hallade, for consultations, the foreign ministry said on Thursday a day after it announced the withdrawal of French soldiers from the country within a month.

“In the context of the latest developments in Burkina Faso, we have decided to recall our ambassador to Paris, to hold consultations on the state and prospects of our bilateral cooperation,” said the Quai d’Orsay.

Paris has taken note of the Burkinabè government’s decision, confirmed on Monday, to end a 2018 defense agreement with France, of which around 400 special forces personnel are stationed in a camp near Ouagadougou, the capital.

(Report John Irish, written by Jean-Stéphane Brosse, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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