Le Républicain is a French-language weekly newspaper in the Nigerien capital of Niamey. The newspaper is published every Thursday, and run from offices at the Place du Petit Marché, Niamey. Le Républicain was founded in 1991, with the relaxing of media laws, by Maman Abou, a computer technician and political organiser. The newspaper is independent of the government, and is often highly critical of current President of NigerTandja Mamadou. The newspaper continues to be owned and operated by Maman Abou, who also owns Niger's largest independent publishing house.