France to deploy 1,000 troops to C. Africa for six months: minister

France to deploy 1,000 troops to C. Africa for six months: minister
Multinational Force of Central Africa (FOMAC) peacekeepers from Republic of Congo form a line during morning instructions at the FOMAC camp in Bossangoa

PARIS - Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday that France would deploy about 1,000 soldiers to Central African Republic for six months to support an African peacekeeping force.

"France will support this African mission with about 1,000 soldiers," Le Drian said on Europe 1 radio. "We will do this in support, not as the first ones in, as we have done for Mali, and for a short period, in the range of about six months."

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