France and Niger maintain close and special relations, despite the trade and human flows that are less than other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hamani DIORI, Niger’s first president from 1960 to 1974, was in particular one of the founding fathers of the Francophonie organization with Senegal and Tunisia.
There are many reciprocal visits. President SARKOZY went to Niger in March 2009.
While Niger’s President Tandja has only made an official visit to Paris in January 2000, Niger’s ministers make many visits.
President Tandja’s unconstitutional manoeuvres and then the coup d’etat in February 2010 have limited the official visits between the two countries, although certain delegations from Niger have come to France on a regular basis to explain their country’s situation.
Updated on 21.04.10