France in the Central African Republic is latest use of 'Hollande doctrine'

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The country is using military intervention in Africa for humanitarian means – but also to boost its leader's dismal poll rankings.

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Escalating French military involvement in the Central African Republic represents the latest application of what might be termed the Hollande doctrine, a self-consciously benign form of armed interventionism based on international authority and local consent. In sum, France's president François Hollandehas developed a new formula for invading other people's countries, by doing it nicely, reports The Guardian.