Monday, May 25, 2015Monday, May 25, 2015

French support for Central African intervention fast eroding: poll

Published on Jan 4, 2014 9:43 PM

PARIS (REUTERS) - French public support for France's military intervention in Central African Republic is rapidly waning a month since Paris deployed troops to quell sectarian violence in its former colony, a poll showed on Saturday.

Only 41 per cent of those questioned were in favour of the operation, down from 51 per cent shortly after Paris deployed 1,600 troops in the country, according to a poll by pollster Ifop.

Paris sent troops to Central African Republic, a country the size of France, to disarm Christian militias and largely Muslim Seleka rebels who ousted ex-President Francois Bozize in March.

However, the deployment of the French troops and nearly 4,000 African Union peacekeepers has done little to contain the tit-for-tat violence between the religious communities, which has displaced nearly one million people, according to the United Nation's refugee agency.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!