French soldiers from the newly deployed EUFOR-RCA European Union military operation in the Central African Republic inspect the back of a taxi as they guard the entrance of the airport in the capital Bangui May 4, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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French troops had to call for air backup to fight off an assault by well-armed militants in the Central African Republic on Monday in clashes that left several gunmen dead, the military chief of staff in Paris said.No casualties were reported on the French side.The night was calm in the district, patrolled by troops from the 2,000-strong French Operation Sangaris, which was first deployed last December to back up the African Union-led MISCA military force.The raid on the French soldiers followed a brutal attack on Saturday against a Boguila hospital run by the international charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), in which 16 people were slaughtered, including three MSF workers.
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