Muslim refugees take shelter at the Catholic church in Carnot, Central African Republic.
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Six months after being welcomed as saviors in the Central African Republic, the 2,000 French soldiers there face growing hostility from a population accusing them of failing to curb interfaith violence.Hostility toward the soldiers has been brewing for weeks in the former French colony.French troops were booed by residents over the weekend in Miskine, a Christian neighborhood of Bangui near a Muslim one. Gen. Dominique Trinquand, a former head of France's military mission to the United Nations, said that the "asymmetrical nature of combat" made the task of peacekeepers "very difficult," since roving gangs armed with machetes were up against troops in armored vehicles.
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