Chad: France Draws the Line

But Mitterrand creates controversy in Paris and Washington

The fighting in the embattled Central African nation of Chad was in stalemate, checked by the arrival of some 1,000 French paratroopers. Though the French soldiers were ostensibly in Chad as "instructors," the fact was that there were already half as many French troops in the country as there were soldiers in the Chadian army. The French buildup was a warning to Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, whose intervention in behalf of Rebel Leader Goukouni Oueddei had threatened to topple the government of President Hissene Habré....

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