France’s secret war in the Central African Republic

This video shows pictures of the destroyed town of Birao in the northern Central African Republic.

From British daily The Independent:

Inside France’s secret war

For 40 years, the French government has been fighting a secret war in Africa, hidden not only from its people, but from the world. It has led the French to slaughter democrats, install dictator after dictator – and to fund and fuel the most vicious genocide since the Nazis. Today, this war is so violent that thousands are fleeing across the border from the Central African Republic into Darfur – seeking sanctuary in the world’s most notorious killing fields.

By Johann Hari in Birao, Central African Republic

Published: 05 October 2007

I first heard whispers of this war in March, when newspapers reported in passing that the French military was bombing the remote city of Birao, in the far north-east of the CAR. Why were French soldiers fighting there, thousands of miles from home? Why had they been intervening in Central Africa this way for so many decades? I could find no answers here – so I decided to travel there, into the belly of France’s forgotten war.

On the battlefield – Birao

I am standing now on its latest battlefield, looking out over abandoned mud streets streaked with ash. The city of Birao is empty and echoing, for the first time in 200 years. All around are miles of burned and abandoned homes, with the odd starved child scampering through the wreckage.

French neocolonialism in Burkina Faso: here.

Other European countries and French intervention in Africa: here. And here.

Chad, February 2008: here.

19 thoughts on “France’s secret war in the Central African Republic

  1. I’ve never heard of the country of CAR till this morning. Now I’ve heard of it and I feel sick. Phoning the french embassy seems inadequate. Let’s burn the murdering bastards out.


  2. Hi marry, I understand your indignation. However, as the article notes, that war in Africa is also hidden from most French people; so one should clearly distinguish between militarists like President Sarkozy, and other people in France. Similarly to in other countries (eg, George W. Bush and his Iraq war should not cause one to hate all US Americans).


  3. and don’t forget the role of french policy in rwanda/burundi,and in congo kinshasa,and in Ivor kust and and…. the list goes on,France is definetly an imperialist nation,i know it i’m french ,and well with Sarko(na)zy if anything good the people will finaly see the illusion that Democracy is,and….may be will wake up
    Thanks to put light onto it,Dear Kitty…


  4. Chad’s opposition refuse EUFOR deployment

    Interview with Dr. Djimadoum LEY-NGARDIGAL, secretary-general of the�Chad Action for Unity and Socialism� (Actus), one of the numerous opposition forces:

    The Anti-imperialist Camp categorically refuses the deployment of European troops to Chad which cannot be but in the tow line of French colonialism.

    While the EU is agitating about the so-called dictator Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (actually they dislike mainly the expropriation of the rich white farmers), it is defending one of the bloodiest dictatorships of the continent, namely that of president Déby of Chad. Not a single word on the slaughter of the opposition or the popular rebellions drowned in blood has been coming on their lips.

    It is at the same time obvious that the deployment is directed against Sudan which is refusing to obey to the US dictates. Using the tragic Darfur conflict as a lever against Khartoum the regime of N�djamena is their most reliable local agent of imperialism. The next step might be a direct military intervention in Sudan which will be facilitated by the forward bases erected now on the border line.


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    Thursday 27 December 2012

    President Francois Hollande insisted today that France’s sole interest in the unrest in the Central African Republic was the protection of French citizens.

    He said France doesn’t intend to protect the embattled government against advancing rebels.

    They have seized at least 10 towns across the north of the country and are moving toward the capital Bangui.

    Protesters threw rocks at the French embassy in Bangui on Wednesday, criticising France for not doing more.

    Rebel Colonel Djouma Narkoyo said that his forces have continued taking towns because government forces are attacking their positions.

    But he insisted: “Our intention is not to take Bangui. We still remain open to dialogue.”


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