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French army tries to diffuse tension in CAR

French officials have said most groups are off the streets
By Justin Salhani   |   Dec. 10, 2013 at 2:44 AM   |   Comments

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Partial stability has been restored to the volatile Central African Republic following the deployment of French military troops.

"There are no longer armed groups patrolling the city," French military spokesman Colonel Gilles Jaron said in Paris. "Very quickly we realised that these groups had left their positions in their great majority."

Violence in the country has left over 460 people dead in the capital Bangui since last Thursday as Christian vigilante groups are retaliating against Muslim Seleka rebels. The Seleka rebels overthrew the government in March and began looting and killing.

[Expatica]

[Euronews]

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