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France organizing meeting to discuss crisis in Central African Republic

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In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, armed Muslim fighters from the former Seleka rebel coalition sit in the town of Bouca in the Central African Republic. France's foreign minister has warned that its former colony in central Africa is "on the verge of genocide" as attacks mount across the country's remote northwest between the mostly Muslim fighters of the Seleka rebel coalition who ousted the president in March, and "anti-balaka" Christian militias that have emerged to defend towns and in some cases attack Muslim civilian communities. (AP Photo/Florence Richard) (The Associated Press)

An official says France will host an informal meeting on the crisis in Central African Republic next month in Paris.

Leaders of countries including Gabon, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville and Chad are to take part, along with Central African Republic's prime minister and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

A French official who requested anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said the daylong session will come at the end of a broader summit involving some 40 African leaders Dec. 6-7.

France's foreign minister has warned its former colony is "on the verge of genocide" as attacks mount between mostly Muslim fighters and Christian militias.

France hopes a U.N. resolution authorizing French troops to end massacres and restore order will pass ahead of the summit on African security issues.

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