Mali on Monday gave the French ambassador 72 hours to leave the West African country after “hostile” remarks by French authorities about its transitional government.
Joel Meyer, the French ambassador to Bamako, was summoned by Mali’s minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.
Meyer was notified of the decision urging him to leave the territory within 72 hours, according to a government statement read out by the state television.
Malian authorities decided to expel Meyer after what they called “hostile and outrageous comments” by French officials against them.
At a press briefing Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian castigated the Malian junta, describing it as “illegitimate.”