Bangui (French pronunciation:[bɑ̃ɡi]), or Bangî in Sango, formerly written Bangi in English, is the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic. As of 2012 it had an estimated population of 734,350. It was established as a French outpost in 1889 and named after its location on the northern bank of the Ubangi River (French:Oubangui); the Ubangi itself was named from the Bobangi word for the "rapids" located beside the settlement, which marked the end of navigable water north from Brazzaville. The majority of the population of the Central African Republic lives in the western parts of the country, in Bangui and the surrounding area.
The city forms an autonomous commune (commune autonome) of the Central African Republic which is surrounded by the Ombella-M'Poko prefecture. With an area of 67 square kilometres (26sqmi), the commune is the smallest high-level administrative division in the country, but the highest in terms of population. The city consists of eight urban districts (arrondissements), 16 groups (groupements) and 205 neighbourhoods (quartiers). As the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui acts as an administrative, trade, and commercial centre. It is served by the Bangui M'Poko International Airport. The National Assembly, government buildings, banks, foreign enterprises and embassies, hospitals, hotels, main markets and the Ngaragba Central Prison are all located here. Bangui manufactures textiles, food products, beer, shoes and soap. Its Notre-Dame Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bangui. The city is also home to the University of Bangui, inaugurated in 1970.
The departure of French forces from the M'poko military base at Bangui airport is due to be completed by the end of December. The Forces Arm�es Centrafricaines (FACA) are hoping to recover the installation, despite Paris' misgivings ....
“The 4 staff members of MINUSCA arrested at Bangui airport have just been released ... The soldiers were apprehended at the airport in the capital Bangui on Monday on allegations of “undermining state security.”. They had accompanied Gen. Stephane Marchenior, a French officer heading the MINUSCA force, to the airport ... .
The French military personnel were arrested Monday at the airport in Bangui... Marchenior was at the airport for a time Monday before C.A.R ... A Central African website known for its ties with Russian interests in Bangui was among the sites posting the allegations. The French Embassy in Bangui and the U.N ... .
There are also satellite images of the Bamako airport that show new installations ... On October 2, 2021, it was photographed in the airport in Bangui, the Central African capital ... This photo taken on October 2, 2021 and posted on Facebook, shows Russian plane RA-85042 (on the right) parked at Bangui airport, with its registration number visible.