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Revealed: France’s Strategy to Recapture the Central African Republic

The presence of Russia in the Central African Republic is becoming more and more troublesome for France. Visiting the Central African Republic, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has put in place a new strategy to block the road to Russia’s expansion in this country of Central Africa, which could clearly threaten the interests of the country. La France.

According to our colleagues in France 24, the Hexagon has promised 24 million euros and weapons. A strategy to regain control of a very present Russia in Bangui.

This promise was made by Jean-Yves le Drian during a 24-hour express visit to Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.

After the tête-à-tête between President Faustin-Archange Touadéra and the French Minister ,  followed by a press conference held with his counterpart in foreign affairs, Charles Armel Doubane, Paris would like to win back the heart of his former colony. For some time now, Russia has started by launching all-out initiatives supported by Bangui and upsetting France.

“I have always been there for good and bad times, not everyone can say the same,” said French Minister Jean-Yves le Drian.

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France has released its checkbook: ten million euros of direct budget support. It can not be said that the method is innovative in this country that Paris has long held in infusion. Nor that the sum endanger the French finances. But Jean-Yves le Drian has been careful to specify, without sparing local susceptibilities, that  “it corresponds to two months of salaries of Central African officials.”  Military included.

Jean-Yves le Drian has also announced the delivery of 1,400 automatic rifles in the coming days. These weapons come from a seizure of Kalashnikovs made several months ago by the French in the Red Sea off Somalia.

Moscow had obtained from the United Nations Security Council an exemption agreement to the embargo in December 2017, on the delivery of weapons to the Central African Republic, associated with the arrival of 175 Russian trainers.

The UN monitoring group on sanctions against the CAR has expressed concern about the lack of transparency of the operation planned for a year and whose term will come soon and Mr Le Drian made it clear that the French operation it is realized  “within the strict, respectful and transparent framework of the United Nations, in a total transparency, at the same time on the origin, on the routing, and on the delivery”.

Apart from this military support, the French Minister said that the total amount of aid would rise to 24 million euros  The money will allow the installation of bridges, for a total installed length of 300 meters. It will also be dedicated to refugees and displaced Central Africans living on the border with Cameroon to return home.

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