AU: More troops for Central African Republic

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Relatives of Thierry Tresor Zumbeti, who died from bullet wounds to the neck and stomach, grieve outside his home in Bangui, Central African Republic, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Zumbeti was buried beside his house. Christians fearing reprisal attacks from the Muslim ex-rebels who control Central African Republic fled on foot by the thousands Saturday, as others ventured outside for the first in time in days only to bury their dead following the worst violence to wrack the lawless country in months. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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PARIS (AP) — France's presidential palace says the African Union has agreed to increase its deployment of troops in violence-wracked Central African Republic to 6,000 troops.

Saturday's statement from President Francois Hollande's office follows a summit on African security and a follow-up meeting of regional leaders devoted to recent bloodshed in impoverished Central African Republic.

Earlier, Hollande announced that France was raising its own deployment by 400 to 1,600 total troops — leveraging a new U.N. mandate to try to return stability to the country. He had said earlier that about 2,500 African troops are now there.

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