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Central African Republic coup leaders 'must remain calm'

25 March 2013 Last updated at 05:02 GMT

France has urged restraint on coup leaders in the Central African Republic, who have stormed the capital and overthrown the president.

French President Francois Hollande, who has sent hundreds of troops to Bangui, said the rebel fighters must respect the people.

Mr Hollande confirmed that President Francois Bozize had fled CAR. He is believed to be in DR Congo.

Mike Wooldridge reports.