Tensions in the Central African Republic worry France. Emmanuel Macron met with Central African President Faustin Archange Touadéra, Wednesday, December 23. He has “condemned” the action of armed groups, which threaten the holding of presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, and called the attacks by these groups “attempts at destabilization”, according to the Elysee press release.
“The President of the Republic condemned the attempts by armed groups and certain political leaders, including Mr. François Bozizé, to obstruct the implementation of the peace agreements and the holding of elections according to the planned and sustained schedule by the international community “, writes the French presidency.
Emmanuel Macron also “greeted” the “firm response” peacekeepers from Minusca, the UN mission in the country, who on Wednesday recaptured the country’s fourth city, Bambari, from the rebels, who had seized it the day before.
The Elysée indicates that Emmanuel Macron, at the request of his Central African counterpart, “ordered the realization of a mission to fly over Central African territory by fighter planes”, Wednesday. A mission that “marks France’s condemnation of the attempts to destabilize the country.”
Several armed groups opposed to the ruling power have launched attacks since last week. The government accused on December 19 of “coup attempt” ex-President François Bozizé, whose presidential candidacy was invalidated due to UN sanctions.