Paris, December 6 (BNA) – French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian announced today starting a military operation in Central African Republic following UN resolution authorizing French-African intervention to impose security in this country.
In a press statement for Le Drian, he stated "the French troops formed a patrol in the capital, Bangui, to support the African force there to impose security in the streets and secure key movement as first step."
Le Drian added "last night was quiet for the clashes that took place yesterday between former militants who run the affairs of the country and the Christian militia and fighters loyal to the ousted President Francois Bozizé."
Le Drian highlighted that the French forces which would reach the number of 1,200 elements would ensure a minimum of security to allow a humanitarian intervention to start and allow injured to go to the hospital, pointing out that the French helicopters were on their way to Bangui.
BNA 1643 GMT 2013/12/06
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Original headline: French Defence Minister announces starting a military operation in Central African Republic
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