12/07/13: The BBC reports the African Union is to increase significantly the number of troops sent to end sectarian fighting in the Central African Republic. The size of the AU force will rise to 6,000, France says. The CAR has been in turmoil since the president was ousted in March, and more than 300 people have died in three days of fighting in the capital, Bangui. France deployed troops on Friday as part of a UN-backed operation and said their number would rise to 1,600. A statement on the French presidency website said the AU had decided to extend its force in the country to 6,000. Some 600 French soldiers were patrolling the streets of the capital on Saturday, although the centre of the city was still reported to be in the hands of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition. Michel Djotodia seized power from President Francois Bozize, with the backing of the Seleka. But the Muslim rebels have been accused of atrocities against Christians and fighting between Muslim and Christian militias has broken out in Bangui and elsewhere.