France to pull troops from CAR

2015-01-14 22:00
Carrier Charles de Gaul. (AFP)

Carrier Charles de Gaul. (AFP)

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Paris - France's president says the country will withdraw 1 200 troops from the Central African Republic by autumn now that UN peacekeepers are deployed.

The French presence will be reduced from 2 000 to 800 troops.

President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday "we allowed this country - one of the poorest in the world - to begin healing." Holland made the comments in a speech aboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to members of France's military.

France began sending troops in December 2013 to stabilize the Central African Republic after a Muslim rebel coalition overthrew the president and sectarian violence erupted, killing at least 5 000 people.

A UN mission took over peacekeeping duties from an African Union force in September, but the security situation in the country remains precarious.

Read more on:    francois hollande  |  france  |  central african republic  |  central africa

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