France pledges weapons and financial aid for Central African Republic

France will give its former colony Central African Republic weapons and €24 million ($27.4 million) in aid, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Friday, November 2.

“France wishes to continue its historical partnership with the Central African Republic,” the minister told journalists in Bangui after meeting President Faustin-Archange Touadera.

Le Drian, who was on a two-day visit to the country, signed aid agreements worth €24 million in 2018 for the payment of salaries and pension arrears, to develop regions near neighbour Cameroon affected by massive population displacements, and build bridges to open access to parts of the country.

He also announced that France would “soon deliver arms” – specifically 1,400 assault rifles – for the Central African Armed…

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