Maintenance. We are currently updating the site. Please check back shortly
Members login
  • TrustLaw
  • Members Portal

France's Hollande says difficult for CAR head to stay in place

Source: Reuters - Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:14 PM
Author: Reuters
Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia (C) and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye (R) attend a ceremony marking the beginning of construction on a new building for the national television station in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 30, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney
Tweet Recommend Google + LinkedIn Bookmark Email Print
Leave us a comment

PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday it would be difficult for the current head of Central African Republic to stay in place because he let the crisis there unfold.

France is deploying 1,600 troops to its former colony, where at least 400 people have died in three days of violence between the Seleka rebel group that seized power in March and Christian self-defence militias, which has spilled over into religious violence in the capital and beyond.

"I don't want to point fingers but we cannot keep in place a president who was not able to do anything, or even worse, who let things happen," Hollande said in an interview broadcast on the France 24 TV channel.

He said elections should be held before 2015 when the mandate of the interim president, Michel Djotodia, ends. "The idea is to head as fast as possible towards elections," he said.

Of the French intervention, Hollande said: "Tonight there will be 1,600 troops and there will not be more. It will be enough."

He said the operation would be financed by European funds, worth 50 million euros ($68.42 million), as well as by the United Nations, which backed the operation on Thursday.

It comes just months after France deployed 4,000 troops to oust al Qaeda-linked Islamist groups which had seized control of northern Mali, at a cost of 400 to 500 million euros.

Hollande said he would raise the issue of financing for military operations at the next European Council meeting, due to take place on Dec. 19-20. "I will tell them that we need to build a fund that would allow financing of those operations," he said. "I would like them (EU nations) to be in a position to contribute more, help more," he added.

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For more information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

comments powered by Disqus
Topical content

Latest slideshow

See allSee all
Featured jobs