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Libération - France | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

France's difficult mission in Central Africa

France's President François Hollande visited the Central African Republic's capital Bangui on Tuesday to honour two French soldiers killed in the country. The left-liberal daily Libération finds France's mission there justified but difficult: "The margin for manoeuvre is small indeed, faced with a 'non-existent state' as [Foreign Minister] Laurent Fabius put it. Just disarming the militias that patrol the streets runs the risk of a prolonged settling of scores against a backdrop of religious strife. In Bangui, a city under permanent tension, Paris has no partner if not the man who came to power through a coup d'état and is now being called on to make room for elections. ... Once again, François Hollande has been forced into the uncomfortable role of Africa's gendarme who tirelessly forms the pious wish for a continent that will one day be able to ensure its own security."

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