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French soldiers killed in Central African Republic

French President Francois Hollande (staring at the lens)

Two French soldiers were killed in overnight fighting in Central African Republic, President Francois Hollande’s office said on Tuesday.

“The head of state expresses his deep respect for the two soldiers’ sacrifice and he renews his full support for French forces alongside African forces as they restore security in the Central African republic, protect the population and guarantee access to humanitarian aid,” his office said in a statement.

Hollande will visit the Central African Republic on his way back from South Africa, where he was due to attend a ceremony to honour Nelson Mandela.

Paris raised its military presence in the Central African Republic to 1,600 troops during the weekend as waves of religious violence swept over its former colony.

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