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French troops in Central African Republic manned checkpoints in the capital Bangui and searched for weapons in an operation to disarm rival Muslim and Christian fighters responsible for hundreds of killings. At least 459 people have been killed in Bangui alone since December 5th, according to Red Cross officials. Shooting erupted near the airport after gunmen refused to hand over their weapons, as France said it was prepared to use force if fighters rejected calls to disarm or return to barracks.