Chad's president holds talks with coup leader in Niger

STORY: The 15-nation ECOWAS bloc has imposed sanctions and threatened force if Niger coup leaders fail to reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

The ECOWAS response came as crowds in Niamey burned French flags and stoned the former colonial power's mission, drawing tear gas from police.

Deby, who came to power in 2021 after a coup, met his Nigerian counterpart Bola Tinubu on the sidelines of the summit and volunteered to speak to the military leaders in Niger. Hours later, Niger's state TV showed Deby arriving and meeting with coup leaders.