French President François Hollande isolated over conflict in Central African Republic

French President François Hollande cuts an increasingly isolated figure in his mission to coax European allies into military intervention in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Mr Hollande, France’s least popular president in polling history, pleaded last week with other EU members to put more boots on the ground in the former African colony, which is embroiled in a violent conflict between Muslim rebels and Christian militia. But other EU states are reluctant to follow France, which entered the CAR with 1,600 troops this month.

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