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France plans to end protective military operation in CAR

France sent troops into the CAR for its military operation known after the coup in 2014.

FILE: A truck carrying Muslims who fled Bangui is escorted by the French Sangaris Operation troops (not seen) in Grimari in the Central African Republic on 20 April, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - France is planning to end its protective military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) this year.

They'll leave small units in the country that has hit the headlines with cases of child sexual abuse being committed by peacekeepers.

France sent troops into the CAR for its military operation known as Operation Sangaris after the coup in 2014.

Peacekeeping efforts in the troubled country have been overshadowed by reports of child sexual abuse by blue-helmeted United Nation troops from Bangladesh, Senegal, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger.

There are also allegations against troops from Sangaris and a European operation.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the aim is to bring Operation Sangaris to a halt during 2016.