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Central African Republic appeals for French help against rebels, Paris balks

Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest near of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest near of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest near of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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France's President Francois Hollande gives a speech where he declared "mission accomplished" during a ceremony to honour French troops who return home after serving in Afghanistan, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool

France's President Francois Hollande gives a speech where he declared "mission accomplished" during a ceremony to honour French troops who return home after serving in Afghanistan, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault...more

France's President Francois Hollande gives a speech where he declared "mission accomplished" during a ceremony to honour French troops who return home after serving in Afghanistan, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool
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Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest in front of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest in front of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest in front of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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Smoke is seen after residents of Central African Republic participated in a protest in front of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Smoke is seen after residents of Central African Republic participated in a protest in front of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Smoke is seen after residents of Central African Republic participated in a protest in front of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
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Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest in front of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents of Central African Republic participate in a protest in front of the French Embassy in the capital Bangui, December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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