Tuesday, June 3, 2008
‘Epervier’ French Army in Chad
For three decades now, the French army has maintained a permanent military presence in its former colony with approximately one thousand troops. Chad became independent from France in 1960. France’s long-term mission is called ‘Epervier’, French for ‘Sparrowhawk’. It’s an operation that provides logistics, intelligence and medical support to Chad. It includes camps in N’Djamena and Abéché. Epervier started in 1986, helping contain a Libyan plan to invade the country.
“If we pull out, Chad will be cut up into pieces from all sides, even now,” said a senior French military official. here