French soldiers from the Sangaris operation stand guard by their armored vehicle in Bangui on December 28, 2013. The United Nations said December 27 it would speed up planning for a possible UN peacekeeping force in the strife-ridden Central African Republic, as French troops there sought to clamp down on violence. More than 1,000 people are believed to have been killed in three weeks of sectarian violence in Bangui alone.  AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)