New students from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso received emails from the French foreign affairs ministry in August saying that their stay and financial support – air fares, grants and allowances, and health insurance – had been cancelled for the start of the university year because of “events that took place in Niamey [the military takeover in Niger] at the end of July”, reported Le Monde. According to Le Monde, the message that was delivered to the students by the French foreign ministry read: “I regret to inform you that we are cancelling our support for your stay in France; all Campus France services are cancelled.”
After suspending visas for artists, France is now doing the same for students from Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali, citing the closure of French consular services in the countries as making their delivery impossible. Some 6,700 students from those 3 Sahelean nations are currently
in France, including 3,000 from Mali, 2,500 from Burkina Faso and 1,200 from Niger.
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