The French Defense Ministry on Saturday announced the suspension of five members of the country's forces stationed in Central African Republic. The soldiers were punished for committing violence against two of the citizens they were there to protect. Among the disciplined soldiers are several who did not partake in the violence but were military higher-ups who "failed to react" to the incident. An additional four others were reportedly handed disciplinary sanctions for failing to report the violence. French soldiers have been active in the former colony since sectarian violence broke out three years ago.