PARIS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Saturday called for swift election in Central African Republic after Paris launched a military offensive to restore order in the African country.
"The idea is to organize elections as soon as possible, by 2015 to have a legitimate authority," Hollande said.
"You can't leave a president in power who hasn't managed to change anything or who has let things get worse. We talked with Africans who want to take action, mainly with the prime minister who belongs to a coalition which no longer exists on the ground," he added.
Earlier, Hollande said to boost French troops to 1,600 on Saturday to stop civilians killing and secure their safety.
The six-month-Sangaris operation "will cost nothing" to France according to Hollande, as "Europe will provide 50 million euros (68.5 million U.S. dollars) to finance the operation."
French troops begin intervention in CAR: DM
PARIS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- French troops had deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR) to prevent a civilian massacre, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday.
"... the French forces already deployed at the airport of Bangui to protect it and our nationals have increased patrols in Bangui," Le Drian told French radio RFI, announcing the start of operations. Full story
France to act on Central African Republic within days: FM
PARIS, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- France will launch a military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the coming days with UN backing to stop the bloodshed and political vacuum that could destabilize the region, French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday.
In an interview with local press, Fabius expected a new UN resolution on CAR crisis to be unanimously adopted later in the day to pave the way for using force to restore security in the African country. Full story