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Security forces in Togo fired teargas to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters who had gathered in front of the French embassy in the West African nation. Togo, a former French colony, has been rocked by a series of violent protests in the past three weeks, called by the opposition-led “Save Togo” campaign. The opposition is seeking to reverse a reform of voting rules adopted by the ruling party-dominated parliament and is against a proposed change to the number of seats in the assembly ahead of a legislative election due later this year. The street leading to the embassy in the capital Lome was littered with shoes, left behind by fleeing protesters.
France said on Tuesday it had asked a diplomat at the Togo embassy in Paris to leave the country in retaliation for the expulsion of a French diplomat from the West African country. The foreign ministry declined to say why Togo had targeted France’s first secretary in Lome, who was named as Eric Bosc, and defended his record in the former French colony. French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero declined to comment on reports that Togo believed Bosc had developed too close ties with one of the candidates standing in 2010 presidential elections.