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France to reinforce military presence in CAR as violence escalates

English.news.cn   2013-12-08 03:24:38            
 • Hollande said to pour more French troops to stop sectarian clashes and prevent humanitarian massacre.
 • French contingent in the CAR had reached its full strength of 1,200 troops on Saturday.
 • French head of stat announced an immediate action shortly after the UN authorized the use of force.

PARIS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande on Saturday said to pour more French troops in the Central African Republic (CAR) to stop sectarian clashes and prevent a humanitarian massacre.

"Tonight, there will be 1,600 soldiers and they will remain (in the country) as long as necessary. They will be deployed rapidly (in the sensitive areas)," the president said.

French contingent in the CAR, its former colony, had reached its full strength of 1,200 troops on Saturday and was deployed to the north and west of the country to secure main roads and towns outside the capital, military officials said.

At the closing ceremony of a two-day meeting on peace and security in Africa, Hollande stressed Paris-led military offensive to restore security in French former colony would be "short" and "efficient" to "disarm all the militias and armed groups that terrorize the people," and to "restore stability and allow free and pluralistic elections."

On Thursday, French head of stat announced an immediate action in CAR shortly after the United Nations authorized the use of force in the African country.

Sangaris operation was France's second intervention in Africa, a move that could help Hollande to gain some success on the diplomatic front after disastrous poll ratings showed him as the most unpopular president due to wane growth and high unemployment.

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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

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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