Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

France 24 meets George Weah ahead of inauguration

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Gymnast's fierce courtroom address

Read more

THE DEBATE

A whole new world: Trump anniversary special

Read more

#TECH 24

Will artificial intelligence ever surpass the human brain?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Aiding migrants in France: What are the legal implications?

Read more

FOCUS

The challenge of clearing Colombia of landmines

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Gambians reflect on first year of democracy

Read more

FASHION

Pitti Uomo in Florence, the world's largest men's fashion showcase

Read more

ENCORE!

Award-winning Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza on keeping it real

Read more

Africa

France to end military operations in CAR in October

© Edouard Dropsy, AFP | Archival pictures show French soldiers sitting atop an armoured vehicle as they drive through Bangui's PK12 district on September 14, 2015

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-07-14

President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday that France would end its military mission in the Central African Republic in October.

"Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will go to the Central African Republic next October to officially declare the end of Operation Sangaris," Hollande said at a reception at the defence ministry.

Operation Sangaris was launched in December 2013 in a bid to quell violence between Christian and Muslim militias that left thousands dead and drove half a million people from their homes.

The force, which at its peak had more than 2,000 troops, has been progressively scaled back, being reduced to 350 soldiers in June.

In a bid to suppress the sectarian violence, the UN has sent a peacekeeping force known as MINUSCA, comprising over 12,000 foreign police and soldiers, as well as more than 500 foreign civilian staff.

The chronically unstable country has seen a resurgence of violence since mid-June, sending some 6,000 people fleeing to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon, according to the UN refugee agency.

President Faustin-Archange Touadera, who took office in March after a peaceful election, warned on Sunday that the Central African Republic remained "in danger," with entire regions controlled by armed groups.

(AFP)

Date created : 2016-07-14

  • Central African Republic

    Deadly fighting breaks out in Central African Republic’s capital

    Read more

  • FRANCE - CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

    France disciplines five soldiers accused of abuse in Central African Republic

    Read more

  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

    Paris prosecutor opens inquiry into CAR sex abuse claims

    Read more

COMMENT(S)