URGENT ¥¥¥ CentrAfrica rebels 'a few kilometres' from capital: France

Central African rebels are "only a few kilometres" from the capital Bangui, the French foreign ministry said Friday, calling on all parties in the troubled country to show restraint and respect civilians.

"According to the information we have, Seleka rebels are only a few kilometres from Bangui," said ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot. "We call on all parties to show restraint and respect the civilian populations."