Central African Republic gets extra French troops

Centrafrique : 180 militaires français arrivent en renfort à Bangui

Le ministère de la Défense a annoncé que les 180 militaires français supplémentaires étaient arrivés en renfort dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche à Bangui, capitale de la Centrafrique. Le ministère avait annoncé l’envoi de 150 militaires vendredi soir. En Centrafrique, la rébellion Séléka continue sa progression et se rapproche de la capitale du pays jour après jour. Les rebelles menacent d’entrer dans Bangui ce dimanche soir ou lundi matin.

Pour le colonel Thierry Burkhard, il s’agit “d’avoir un dispositif permettant(…)d’assurer la sécurité des nos ressortisssants”

Translation/Traduction by/par Bill Nelson

Francois Hollande’s ministry of defence have sent 180 extra troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) to provide protection against the Sékéla insurgents. Sékéla is a coalition of rebels that have taken several villages about 150 kms from Bangui, the capital and have entered negotiations with Bozizé, the CAR president to have their agenda included in the country’s future. CAR is a land-locked country which is bordered by Chad (North), Sudan (East), DRCongo (South) and Cameroun (West). The USA evacuated it’s embassy on 28th Dec. France’s military force will number 580 when the current troops arrive this weekend. The rebels claim they will take Bangui on Sunday night or Monday.

About bill

Worked in the technical / engineering area as a Science Laboratory Technician and as an Aeronautics Engineer. The artistic side involves writing under the nom de plume of Billy Olsenn, his recently written play 'A Case of Wine' was staged by the players group Straight Make-Up at the 2012 Birr one act drama festival. It's next staging was in the one act circuit is in Cavan, at Maudebawn on Sat 10 Nov 2012. Then it was performed in the Bray, Co.Wicklow at the very popular one act festival in January 2013. Next play is FEAR. A dark tale about revenge on the cruel death of two pensioners by young thugs. Neighbours hatch a devious and dangerous plan to exact old-style revenge. Bill is a member of the Drama League of Ireland and his plays have been critically vetted and certified as original pieces of work by the DLI. Another literary project is that of commemoration of an aircraft crash on Djouce mountain in Wicklow in 1946. Bill wrote articles for the 50th, 60th and most recently the 70th anniversary, (12 Aug 2016) all were published in the Wicklow Times and ensured the survivors of the crash, all French Girl Guides, were not forgotten. Articles reproduced on this website. But mostly this site gives a more general European and specific French slant on popular and not so popular articles of French news, translated to English by the author. Each article is translated on a paragraph by paragraph basis so easy to read in either language and even possible to improve either language by comparison of the short English and French paragraphs. Amusez vous bien. The author is currently writing an easy to read technical aviation book centered around the Fokker 50. Another interest is that dealt with in another of Bill's websites www.realnamara.net, a Statue of the mother of God, Mary. It was erected in 1972 in Dublin, at the end of the Bull Wall near Clontarf, and my grandfather William Nelson, was the main instigator of that project. I give talks on the history of the statue and my grandfather's adventurous and dangerous life at sea. Technical assistance with each website is by J O'N.
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