France has announced that it has withdrawn the last of its advisors from the ranks of the armed forces in Chad.
France has announced that it has withdrawn the last of its advisors from the ranks of the armed forces in Chad. The French Commander there, General Eduard Cortedellas, said the Chad Government forces had now taken over all combat roles, and that only 400 Frenchman remained in Chad: they were attached to the education and medical corps.
The French troops were originally brought into Chad to help quell the revolt by the Arab in the Muslim North of the country. The internal troubles were further complicated by a rebellion staged by the Moubi tribe. Unlike the Arab, the Moubi were relatively poorly-armed and, once located, easily defeated by the French and Chad troops.
At the height of the fighting, there were about two-and-a-half-thousand French troops in Chad, as well as 900 Foreign Legion paratroopers. The French also undertook the responsibility for training the Chad army.
Meanwhile, it's been announced in Paris that the French Foreign Legion is reforming one of its oldest regiments, disbanded several years ago after serving in every major French campaign since the Crimean War 120 years ago. The Colour of the old Second Foreign Regiment will be handed over to the colonel commanding on September 1. The regiment - which will be known as the Second Foreign Regiment - 'Deuxieme Etrainger' will be based in Corsica.