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Announced on December 6, France has begun military operations in Central African Republic (CAR) with patrols in the capital Bangui, reports Le Monde. The announcement has come in the wake of a resolution backed by the United Nations Security, which has paved the way for peacekeeping operations in the country.

CAR has sunk into chaos following the overthrow of President François Bozizé in March 2013 by a coalition of rebels, the Séléka, which has been accused of numerous atrocities against civilians.

At the same time, Le Monde reports that Paris is preparing to host a summit on peace and security in Africa. The daily adds that —

President Hollande’s first Franco-African summit will take place in a context of grave urgency. It comes at the conclusion of a year, which began with intervention in Mali in January.