France and the Central African Republic
There are 1,600 French and 4,000 Africans – soon there will be 6,000. We got the Europeans – and it’s a very good thing – to send around 500 troops. The decision in principle was taken on Monday. Ultimately there will probably need to be more troops. And this is why we’re saying that the current operation must become a peacekeeping operation under United Nations control; this will allow more troops to be deployed. The core will be African. The Africans are doing a very good job, but we’ve got to go a bit further. I’m a practical person. Also, the cost of a UN peacekeeping operation is covered by that organization, while the Africans don’t have many financial resources.