PARIS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The French army deployed 250 troops to the capital of the Central African Republic, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday after clashes broke out between former rebels and militias.
"At this stage 250 French soldiers have been deployed in Bangui to secure and patrol," ministry spokesman Gilles Jarron told a news briefing, adding that the clashes were continuing. The troops were part of a force of 600 French troops already in the country.
Earlier, a Reuters witness said at least 23 people were killed and 64 others wounded in armed clashes in the capital Bangui. (Reporting by John Irish; writing by Mark John; editing by Leila Abboud)