Protesters set fire to French embassy in Burkina Faso

A group of protesters has set fire to the French Embassy in Burkina Faso after attacking the French high school in Bobo Dioulasso, west of the country, after accusing the Gallic country of harboring the leader of the military junta deposed by the coup, Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, in one of its military bases.

On Saturday night, dozens of videos have spread on social networks in which hundreds of demonstrators can be seen throwing objects against the walls of the diplomatic representation whose interior is on fire.

The French Foreign Ministry spokesman has condemned the violent acts in a statement in which he also called on the parties concerned to ensure security, in accordance with international conventions.

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“We condemn in the strongest terms the violence against our diplomatic influence in Burkina Faso. Any attack on our diplomatic control is unacceptable,” the French government has stated in the letter.

In addition, the spokesman has assured that the safety of their nationals is a priority so they have sent instructions asking them to exercise “the utmost vigilance” and remain in their homes until further notice.

France has opened a crisis cell inside the embassy and another at the Crisis Center to monitor the situation, they have reported.

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