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 François 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.