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A Central African Republic brewery owned by the French alcoholic beverage giant Castel suffered minor material damage as a result of a fire that the government claims was intentionally set.

In the middle of the night, incendiary devices set fire to equipment in the heart of the MOCAF brewery (an acronym for Motte Cordonnier Afrique).

According to government spokesman and minister of communication Serge Ghislain Djorie, the incident is an arson attack, so the government must launch an investigation right away to determine its cause.

Following this “arson,” the French ambassador, Jean-Marc Grosgurin, went there immediately in the morning “to mark his solidarity with the employees and the direction,” according to the diplomatic representation’s Facebook page.

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The diplomat expressed gratitude to the rescue teams, “who have significantly reduced the material damage,” according to the embassy.

The government, the French embassy, and the MOCAF management all declined to provide further information about the attack. On Monday, no media representatives were permitted on the premises.

Influential groups are waging smear campaigns against the Castel group, the embassy, NGOs, and other French businesses.

MOCAF, which has existed in the Central African Republic since 1953, was acquired by Castel in 1993. One of the largest employers and producers in the nation is this subsidiary.

Since 2013, the Central African Republic has been engulfed in a civil war, which has significantly lessened in intensity since 2018. The Central African Republic is the second least developed nation in the world, according to the UN.

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