ABU DHABI : A militant website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said late on Monday.
In addition to assisting Mali in its war against militants, France sent troops four months ago to the majority Christian Central African Republic, where predominantly Muslim "Seleka" rebels seized power a year ago. The Seleka have since been pushed back by Christian "anti-balaka" - "anti-machete" in the local language - militia. The al Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a well-known website, created six posters as part of a campaign it dubbed, "We will not be silent, O France," SITE said. The forum's "Media soldiers for the support of Islam" designed the posters, which can be downloaded and printed by visitors to the site.
France's troops in the Central African Republic, around 2,000 soldiers, are supporting a 6,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission.
"To our lone-wolves in France, assassinate the president of disbelief and criminality, terrify his cursed government, and bomb them and scare them as a support to the vulnerable in the Central African Republic," one of the posters said.
Hollande has said his troops would work to stop the Central African Republic splitting in two and to disarm rival fighters.