France to withdraw 1,200 troops from Central African Republic by autumn

January 14, 2015 5:30 PM

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France to withdraw 1,200 troops from Central African Republic by autumn

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during his visit to the French nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to present his New Year wishes to the French military troops, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, off the coast of Toulon, southern France. France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism and announced Wednesday it was sending an aircraft carrier to the Mideast to work more closely with the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/ Anne Christine Poujoulat /Pool) (The Associated Press)

ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRCRAFT CARRIER – France's president says the country will withdraw 1,200 troops from the Central African Republic by autumn now that U.N. peacekeepers are deployed.

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