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More French troops arriving in CAR capital - minister

Source: Reuters - Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:07 AM
Author: Reuters
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PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - French reinforcements arrived in the Central African Republic capital Bangui on Friday to bolster a force due to rise to 1,200 in coming days, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

"The operation has effectively started," Le Drian told RFI radio of patrols by French troops.

He added that the night had been calm after fighting on Thursday between mainly Muslim former rebels now in charge of the country and a mix of local Christian militia and fighters loyal to ousted president Francois Bozize. A Reuters witness and an aid worker said at least 105 people were killed. (Reporting by Mark John; editing by Astrid Wendlandt)

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