The new parliamentary-elected interim President of the Central African Republic Catherine Samba-Panza swears an oath during her swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly in the capital Bangui January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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Two people were shot dead in Central African Republic on Thursday in a clash that highlighted the scale of the task facing new interim President Catherine Samba-Panza as she took the oath of office.Witnesses accused French forces of shooting dead one man who was among a group protesting against their lack of protection from attacks by Christian militias. A French army spokesman acknowledged that the French force, known as Sangaris, had opened fire but said the soldiers had come under attack from gunmen.Jaron did not say whether any French soldiers were killed or injured in the incident.Speaking in French newspaper "Le Parisien", Samba-Panza called for more foreign troops to calm violence, which the presence of a 1,600-strong French military mission and another 5,000 African Union peacekeepers has so far failed to quell.
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