France has suspended military cooperation with and economic aid to the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). France accuses C.A.R.’s government of being “complicit” in a Russian disinformation campaign targeting France, a French defense ministry official said to the media on Monday.
The French foreign ministry said that $12.2 million in economic aid to the C.A.R. government would be “suspended until further notice.” However, French humanitarian aid and other projects worth more than $7.3 million, which directly target the needy Central African population will continue, the ministry added.
The French military will also continue to provide about 100 soldiers in a European Union-led military training operation in the C.A.R.
“On several occasions, the Central African authorities have made commitments they haven’t respected, as much in the political area towards the opposition as with regards to their behavior towards France, which is the target of a massive disinformation campaign,” the unnamed spokesperson said.