Reality Check A brief French intervention in the Central African Republic? Maybe not. (+video)

French President Hollande promised a short intervention. But the killing of two French soldiers signals a tough task ahead.

By , Staff writer

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When France announced deployment of 1,600 soldiers to a former colony last week, President Fran├žois Hollande promised the intervention would be quick and easy. The Central African Republic, after all, has no terrorists, he said, unlike in Mali, where France intervened in January.