France promises money, guns for central Africa, Africa News & Top Stories

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (AFP) – France will give the Central African Republic, its restive former colony, aid of 24 million euros (S$38 million) and weapons, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Friday (Nov 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 signed aid agreements worth 24 million euros 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” to Bangui – specifically 1,400 assault rifles for the Central African…

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