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Vol 59 No 23

Published 23rd November 2018

Central African Republic

Moscow abhors a vacuum

France's failures in CAR opened the door to Russia. Now, Paris wants to win back a central role, but the government is hostile and the Kremlin has plans

The visit of the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to Bangui at the beginning of November was supposed to signal Paris's decisive re-engagement with its former territory. Le Drian, who was defence minister under ex-President François Hollande, had €24 million in his pocket for President Faustin-Archange Touadéra's government for aid projects, budget support and weapons.

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