Several hundred French soldiers were patrolling Bangui's main roads on Thursday after five Chadian soldiers were killed on Wednesday. The Catholic Archbishop of the Central African Republic and a leading Muslim cleric have issued a joint appeal for a UN force to be sent to the country.
Meanwhile via Canada Free Press:
'The Central African Republic is essentially a collapsed state with no ability of its own to restore order. The chaos was triggered by the Muslim rebel group known as Seleka, which took over the government last March. Michel Djotodia, the leader of the Seleka, is now president of a transition government, which was supposed to disarm the Seleka militias, stop the violence and move towards free elections as early as 2015. There is anarchy instead. The violence has worsened as armed Seleka members and other Muslim supporters have continued to engage in atrocities against civilians including pillage, summary executions, rape, and torture. Christian civilians, churches and priests have been targeted. Christian groups have been organized in response to fight back.'