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French Soldiers Patrol CAR Capital

President Michel Djotodia says his forces will leave security to be handled by the French

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Relative calm was reported in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui Sunday, as hundreds of French troops patrolled the streets following violence that left more than 400 people dead.

CAR President Michel Djotodia told a news conference that fighters loyal to him would return to their barracks and leave control of security to the French. He acknowledged the difficulties in controlling the former rebels from the Seleka alliance that brought him to power. 

"There are allegations that I cannot control my men. I only know those who are with me. Those who aren't, how can I control them? I am not God, I hope. I am a man like you. And this country is vast—623,000 square kilometers (241,000 square miles)," said Djotodia.