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French troops struggle to stop looting in Central African Republic capital

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    French forces push looters out, in the Miskin district in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Feb. 3, 2014. Fighting between Muslim Seleka militias and Christian anti-Balaka factions continues as French and African Union forces struggle to contain the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    French forces grab a man looting a mosque before chasing him away in the Miskin district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Feb. 3, 2014. Fighting between Muslim Seleka militias and Christian anti-Balaka factions continues as French and African Union forces struggle to contain the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    Looters dismantle the house belonging to a Muslim man who fled the night before in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Feb. 3, 2014. Fighting between Muslim Seleka militias and Christian anti-Balaka factions continues as French and African Union forces struggle to contain the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    An Anti-Balaka militiaman stands in a looted house belonging to a Muslim man who fled the night before in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Feb. 3, 2014. Fighting between Muslim Seleka militias and Christian Anti-Balaka factions continues as French and African Union forces struggle to contain the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

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    A child carrying a bucket full of water walks in mud after a storm in the airport camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday Feb. 2, 2014. Over 130,000 have seemed refuge outside the airport, living in dismal conditions, as fighting between Muslim Seleka militias and Christian anti-Balaka factions continues and French and African Union forces struggle to contain the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)The Associated Press

French troops in Central African Republic are struggling to control the looting of Muslim homes and businesses in the volatile capital.

Hundreds of French and African peacekeepers fanned out through the Miskine neighborhood of Bangui on Monday. They fired tear gas and warning shots in a seemingly futile bid to quell the violence. The neighborhood mosque already had been thoroughly trashed by angry mobs.

The violence against Bangui's Muslim minority comes after months of brutal rule by a mostly Muslim rebel coalition that overthrew the government last March.

Resentment toward the rebels' abuses spawned an armed Christian militia. Christian civilians, though, are now targeting anyone who is Muslim.

Victims have been slain and mutilated on the streets and homes and mosques have been looted and destroyed.