France 'will never abandon Central African Republic', French PM says

During a visit to West Africa, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls granted an exclusive interview to FRANCE 24 and RFI in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan. Valls commented in particular on the situation in Central African Republic, where France is formally ending its three-year mission to pacify the conflict-ridden country.

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France "will never abandon Central African Republic"', French PM Manuel Valls said in an interview with FRANCE 24 and RFI on Sunday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

While the French prime minister said it was not France’s role to leave troops in Central African Republic “eternally”, he stressed that “leaving the country alone" was "out of the question”.

Valls expressed his "grave concern" at the deadly clashes that killed 25 people last week, saying “the United Nations, the European Union and France must work together to protect the peace”.

Asked about French politics and the divisions among the Socialists, Valls called for unity in a bid to avoid the party being wiped out in the first round of next year’s presidential elections. The French left "could become the stupidest in the world", he warned, urging it to leave the "playground" and the "sand pit".

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