France deploys soldiers to protect embassy in CAR

By REUTERS
December 26, 2012 20:09

 
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PARIS - France will task soldiers already stationed in the Central African Republic with securing its embassy in the capital Bangui, after protesters threw stones at the embassy and some managed to enter the compound, the French defense ministry said on Wednesday.

President Francois Hollande ordered the ministry to take all measures to ensure the security of the embassy and French nationals in the country, his office said in a separate statement.

France has 250 soldiers in the country, based at Bangui's airport, for an existing peacekeeping mission, the defense ministry said.

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