France organizing meeting to discuss crisis in Central African Republic

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.