Hollande vows French help in restive Central African Republic

Central African President Faustin Touadera (L) and French President Francois Hollande (L) review an honour guard upon his arrival in Bangui on May 13, 2016French President Francois Hollande paid a lightning visit to restive Central African Republic on Friday for talks with its leaders while drawing down France’s military presence. Hollande’s visit to the former French colony is sensitive because of accusations that French peacekeepers sexually abused children in the country. “Today, Operation Sangaris comes to an end,” Hollande said after meeting President Faustin Archange Touadera, who was elected in a peaceful vote in February seen as a step toward reconciliation after years of sectarian violence.

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