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    Default Clashes in CAR; 23 Killed & 64 Wounded

    (Reuters) - At least 23 people have been killed and 64 others have been wounded in armed clashes in Central African Republic's capital Bangui between former rebels controlling the city and militias, a ******* witness said.


    The witness saw the victims of the fighting, who included women and children, at Bangui's Hopital Communautaire hospital. No information on victims taken to the city's other hospitals was immediately available.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/us-centralafrican-fighting-idUSBRE9B405F20131205

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    http://missoulian.com/news/world/afr...4bcf3eee9.html

    France: C. African Republic intervention imminent

    The United Nations Security Council is set to authorize troops from African nations and former colonial power France to deploy amid growing sectarian violence. The most recent attack this week, which was blamed on Christian fighters, killed nearly a dozen women and children in a remote community.

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    Charles Lister ‏@Charles_Lister 10m
    It was coming: Reuters is reporting 23+ killed & 64 wounded in clashes between #Seleka & anti-Balaka in #Bangui, Central African Republic.

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    Default Operation Sangaris: French intervention in Central Africa

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...un-vote-french

    A major French military intervention in the Central African Republic(CAR) is expected within days after the UN security council authorised French and African troops to use force to protect civilians as the world races to prevent a sectarian war.
    The move comes as the country's capital, Bangui, witnessed its heaviest clashes for months – with reports of at least 60 killed – between mainly Muslim rebels and militias from the Christian majority.
    Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, told BFM-TV that about 1,200 French soldiers would be deployed in the operation. About 600 French troops are already in the former colony, which has been controlled by a coalition of rebel groups since a coup in March.
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    Stay safe and Godspeed to all French and African troops.

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    Does France have official agreements with it's former colonies to intervene in such cases or does it thinks it owes them to be their protector(in a big brother kind of way)? In any case kudos to the French Army for their role in bringing stability to the region.

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    The French army in Centrafrique.













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    Bonne chance, les gars !

    Good luck, guys ! Stay safe !

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    Man those french and their berets... can't they agree on a size inbetween that doesn't look weird?

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    Great pics. keep it up!

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    Good luck mates !

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    Quote Originally Posted by TG211 View Post
    Bonne chance, les gars !

    Good luck, guys ! Stay safe !
    X2, the situation there is terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BogdanM View Post
    Does France have official agreements with it's former colonies to intervene in such cases or does it thinks it owes them to be their protector(in a big brother kind of way)? In any case kudos to the French Army for their role in bringing stability to the region.
    France has a series of bilateral "secret" defense agreements with most of it's African ex-colonies (which was latter extended to Belgian colonies).

    While some of the terms are not really know and still classified it basically means that the local Gov' can call up to France to squash rebels when foreign backed, gain a variety of support from France when in conflict, to an outright alliance in case of foreign military attack.

    But while technically France could act alone it always goes before the UNSC for approval (at worse a few days after acting alone if it's really urgent).

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    Curious. Being in the USA I have heard about the British Commonwealth since forever. I knew France had colonies all over the world, after English it is supposedly the most widely spoken language in the world, i.e. there are more places that speak French than any other language. That's why I picked French as the language to study in school. I suffered for years in that pursuit. However, I did manage to learn a couple of words like "bonjour" and "adieu". Oops, got off the track there. Anyway, sounds like France has a similar "commonwealth" type organization. I wonder now though, are there any former French colonies that have made it to first world status, like Canada or Australia have done?

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    The horrific stories coming out of CAR remind me of a real life 'the hunger games'.

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