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Vol 39 No 17

Published 28th August 1998


Secret exits

In spite of having cut down its defence commitments (the pullout from Bouar and Bangui in the Central African Republic was completed in April), France still maintains a network of military bases involving over 5,000 troops in Africa, the only non-African power so to do. The switch of the central air pivot of the network from Bouar to Ndjamena last year depends very much on good relations with Chad’s President Idriss Déby. Paris had played a key role in the ousting of Deby’s predecessor Hissene Habré in 1990.

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