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France launches new Africa mission to halt CAR violence

By Reuters | Fri, 6 Dec 2013 09:18 AM
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By Emmanuel Braun and Paul-Marin Ngoupana

BANGUI, Dec 6 (Reuters) - France launched its second major African intervention in a year on Friday as its troops rushed to the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, to stem violence that already claimed over 100 lives this week.

France began assembling a new 1,200-strong force for CAR just hours after winning U.N. backing to go ahead on Thursday.

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