France to end military operations in Central African Republic

2016-07-14 07:04


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Paris - 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 in October to officially declare the end of Operation Sangaris," said Hollande.

Operation Sangaris was launched in December 2013 in a bid to still 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 2 500 troops, has been progressively scaled back, being reduced to 350 personnel in June.

In a bid to suppress the sectarian violence, the UN has sent a peacekeeping force known as MINUSCA, comprising 12 600 foreign police and soldiers, as well as more than 500 foreign civilian staff.

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