President Francois Hollande insisted today that France's sole interest in the unrest in the Central African Republic was the protection of French citizens.
He said France doesn't intend to protect the embattled government against advancing rebels.
They have seized at least 10 towns across the north of the country and are moving toward the capital Bangui.
Protesters threw rocks at the French embassy in Bangui on Wednesday, criticising France for not doing more.
Rebel Colonel Djouma Narkoyo said that his forces have continued taking towns because government forces are attacking their positions.
But he insisted: "Our intention is not to take Bangui. We still remain open to dialogue."
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