France has decided to halt all development aid and budgetary support to Burkina Faso following an announcement by the military government in Burkina Faso. The Burkinabé authorities stated that any armed intervention against the coup leaders in neighboring Niger would be considered a declaration of war. The military government in Mali has also adopted a similar stance.
This decision by France comes after the expiration of a deadline set by the West African bloc, Ecowas, for the military coup leaders in Niger to restore constitutional order and reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. The deadline lapsed on Sunday evening, but Ecowas has not yet revealed its next course of action, which may involve military intervention.
Ecowas had previously declared military intervention as a last resort, to be considered if all other political and diplomatic approaches prove ineffective in resolving the crisis.