France sends 1,000 more soldiers in Central African Republic to secure the country 2711131

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 09:38 AM
 
France sends 1,000 more soldiers in Central African Republic to secure the country.
France will send around 1,000 more soldiers to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) , French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in a radio interview. About 400 French troops are already in the Central African Republic, the French Defense Ministry said, where they are deployed to protect French nationals and help secure the airport in the capital, Bangui. France is a former colonial power in the Central African Republic.
     
France will send around 1,000 more soldiers to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) , French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday, November 26, 2013, in a radio interview.
French soldiers on patrol in Bangui (C.A.R.) on October 2013.
     

The officials said French soldiers wouldn't be on the front line in the Central African Republic but would rather back up a multinational African force, which has already deployed some soldiers, and is expected to reach 3,600 soldiers by the end of the year.

In mid-December, the African Union will take over the responsibilities of protecting civilians and restoring the central government's authority.

The situation in the Central African Republic has been chaotic since March, when rebels overthrew President Francois Bozize. The transitional government has not been able to control the former rebels or keep Muslim and Christian groups from fighting each other.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. would, pending congressional approval, provide $40 million in logistical, nonlethal and training support to the multinational African force.

The Central African Republic has endured a long series of coups and rebellions since gaining independence from France in 1960.

 

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