Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, December 5, 2014)

Central African Republic – Situation one year after Operation Sangaris (December 5, 2014)
Conclusion of the French presidency of the European Gendarmerie Force (December 5, 2014)


Central African Republic – Situation one year after Operation Sangaris (December 5, 2014)

One year after the launch of Operation Sangaris to protect the Central African Republic’s population, France remains mobilized on the political and military fronts, as well as with respect to providing humanitarian assistance and developing cooperative initiatives, in close collaboration with the EU, the UN and all our international partners. Thanks to our efforts, the Central African Republic was not a forgotten crisis. French troops were joined, at our request, by the European Operation EUFOR-RCA in May and by MINUSCA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic). Peacekeepers have been deployed on the ground since September 15.

Massacres were avoided. There are still some problems, but the number of displaced persons is steadily declining, and the local economy is recovering. On the political front, instability has been replaced by a more peaceful transition, the successful conclusion of which should be marked by the forthcoming elections. However, humanitarian needs are still considerable in the Central African Republic as well as in neighboring countries, where there are hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The successful resolution of the crisis depends first and foremost on the people of the Central African Republic, with the support of the regional mediation efforts led by Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso. We call on all actors involved in the transition to actively participate in the political dialogue and national reconciliation, in the run-up to the Bangui forum. Free and peaceful elections must take place by August 2015.


Conclusion of the French presidency of the European Gendarmerie Force (December 5, 2014)

France’s one-year presidency of the European Gendarmerie Force was brought to a close on December 5 in Paris. This force, which was established in 2004 and can be deployed under civilian or military command, is an instrument for managing external crises; it now includes 7 countries (France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Poland).

Under French presidency, the European Gendarmerie Force assumed a new dimension. Indeed, two new major operational commitments were made in 2014. In the Central African Republic, European gendarmes were deployed within the EUFOR-RCA operation in order to participate, alongside the UN, in efforts to bring security to Bangui and ensure the return of the Central African Republic’s gendarmerie. In Mali, European gendarmes are about to be deployed in the EUCAP Sahel Mali mission, where they will train and reinforce Mali’s police and gendarmerie.

France is convinced of the effectiveness of the gendarmerie concept in managing crises; the gendarmerie is a public security service with military status that works as closely as possible with the populations.