France Increasing its Troop Deployment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BANGUI, Central African Republic French President Francois Hollande says his country is raising its troop deployment in Central African Republic to 1,600 - 400 more than initially planned.

Hollande told reporters after a Paris summit on security in Africa that the deployment - to be completed Saturday - would continue as long as necessary to help stabilize the lawless country. He also said the French troops would fan out as quickly and broadly as possible.

The former French colony is in the midst of its worst violence in months, and the French foreign minister has warned that it's "on the verge of genocide."

Christians fearing reprisal attacks from Muslim ex-rebels who have taken control are fleeing the capital by the thousands.

The local Red Cross says it has gathered over 280 bodies in recent days, although the perilous security had made it impossible to access some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods.


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