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Vol 37 No 10

Published 10th May 1996

Central African Republic

Angel on a pinhead

A small mutiny caused a big panic and reasserted French influence in Bangui

President Ange-Félix Patassé in his Sango-language speeches vaunts his nationalism and his refusal to take orders from Paris, as his predecessors did. Yet when angry soldiers broke out of barracks and took control of the capital from 18 to 21 April, Patassé restored order thanks to the French military help he had begged for.

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