December 17, 2013

Hail to the French

Jonathan Kay, National Post

The Associated Press

The outdated stereotype has it that the French are averse to military confrontation. Yet when Ivory Coast descended into chaos over the last decade, it was the French who stepped in to restore order in its former colony. (To this day, 450 French troops remain.) The French also took the lead in the campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. And when al-Qaeda-linked fighters began taking over neighbouring Mali, France sent in a force of 4,000 troops that scored decisive victories against Islamist militias.

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TAGGED: Central African Republic, Africa, France

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