France bans adoption of Burkinabe children as ties with Ouagadougou deteriorate
France’s Foreign ministry has suspended all international adoption procedures concerning children habitually resident in Burkina Faso by any person residing in France, “Sputnik” reports.
“This measure does not apply “to procedures that have given rise, on the date of publication of this order, to a relationship by the Burkinabe Central Authority for the implementation of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993,” the ministry said in a decree.
The move is an additional action stressing deteriorating of ties between the two countries since September 2022, after incumbent Burkina Faso Captain Ibrahim Traore rose to power in a coup.
Since September both countries have traded blows. The African country in March denounced a 1961 military agreement with France, a few weeks after demanding the withdrawal of the French troops that were in the country to help fight terrorists.
Last week, September 13, the French foreign ministry in agreement with the Ministry of Culture, banned the invitation of artists, students and researchers from Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger to French territory and suspended all cultural cooperation with these three countries.
Two days after Burkina Faso ordered removal within two weeks of the military attaché of the French Embassy in the country, Emmanuel Pasquier, accusing him of “subversive activities.”