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France to send 400 more troops to Central Africa: presidency

Published on Feb 15, 2014 1:32 AM

PARIS (AFP) - France said Friday it would send 400 more troops to join its 1,600 soldiers working to stem sectarian violence in the Central African Republic.

In a statement after a meeting of a top defence committee, President Francois Hollande also called on the European Union to speed up the deployment of an estimated 500 troops under the EUFOR mission.

The statement said the 400 new soldiers would include combat troops and gendarmes who would eventually be folded into the planned EU mission.

"France is calling on the international community to show increased solidarity with the Central African Republic," the statement said.

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