Central African Republic says France to boost troops




 
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Central African Republic says France to boost troops
 
November 26th, 2013  
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Central African Republic says France to boost troops
By John Irish and Michelle Nichols PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France will triple the number of its soldiers in the Central African Republic to 1,200 to bolster security after months of violence, the war-torn nation's prime minister said on Monday. The mineral-rich but impoverished country of 4.6 million people has descended into chaos since Seleka rebels, many of them from neighboring Chad and Sudan, ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told him the reinforcements would arrive once the U.N. Security Council adopts a resolution backing the force, which France hopes will occur in early December. France has 410 soldiers now in Bangui and that will be strengthened by 800, to take the number to 1,200 - more if needed," Tiangaye told Reuters after meeting Fabius in Paris.




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