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A packed taxi drives past a French checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Dec. 16, 2013. Over 1600 French troops have been deployed to the country in an effort to put an end to sectarian violence.  More than 600 people have been killed since Anti-Balaka launched a strike over Bangui last week before being pushed back.

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A packed taxi drives past a French checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic on Monday. Over 1,600 French troops have been deployed to the country in an effort to put an end to sectarian violence. More than 600 people have been killed since Christian groups known as the Anti-Balaka – balaka means machete – launched a strike over Bangui last week before being pushed back.

A man gives informations about ex-seleka rebels to a French soldier in Combattant neighborhood near Bangui's airport, on December 9, 2013. French troops on Monday began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic after a swell in sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives and terrified inhabitants.

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A man gives information about ex-Séléka rebels to a French soldier in a Combattant neighborhood near Bangui’s airport. French troops on Monday began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic after a swell in sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives and terrified inhabitants.