France welcomes the holding of the referendum in the Central African Republic. Voting is still going on at several polling stations where it had not entirely finished yesterday.
A very large number of Central Africans registered to vote and then exercised that right. This is a victory for the Central African people and for democracy in that country.
In this context, la France condemns in the strongest possible terms those who used force during the election. We applaud the role played by the UN mission in the Central African Republic in supporting the first round of elections, and we encourage it to fully implement its mandate to provide security and protection for civilians wherever it is deployed.