France To Increase Number of Troops In Central African Republic

Country in the midst of political turmoil


France will boost its military presence in the Central African Republic by the end of the year to stop the country from spiralling out of control, the French foreign minister has said.

"President Hollande we want your help!" read one banner as locals in Bangui, the capital, welcomed Laurent Fabius at the weekend.

The country has been in turmoil since mostly Muslim Seleka rebelsousted President François Bozizé in the predominantly Christian country in March. It now teeters on the brink of increased sectarian violence,malnutrition and a collapse of state rule.