France ends military mission in Central African Republic

France’s Operation Sangaris formally ended on Monday, almost three years after the military mission was launched in December 2013 to quell inter-ethnic unrest in Central African Republic (CAR).

The operation initially ran alongside an African Union peacekeeping mission called MISCA which later morphed into the UN’s MINUSCA force, helping to restore stability in the capital Bangui. At its height, more than 2,500 troops from various French units took part.

In June, France said it had reduced its force in CAR to 350 soldiers, who would serve as a tactical reserve force for the UN peacekeepers.

Source: VOV5