Protesters in Burkina Faso tell French troops to 'get out' of West African nation
Hundreds of protestors demonstrated against France in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Friday, the latest expression of growing anti-French sentiment in the rebel-ravaged West African country.
The protestors gathered in central Ouagadougou, chanting anti-France slogans and wielding placards calling on the French army to "get out".
Some set fire to French flags or used them to collect rubbish.
According to news media, the demonstration was largely peaceful and ended without any violent incidents.
Many believe that the French military presence in Burkina Faso has not improved security.
Meanwhile, earlier this month, the government demanded the replacement of the French ambassador.
France has deployed about 400 military forces in Burkina Faso under the pretext of fighting terrorist groups, which have killed thousands of people and displaced more than 2 million people, and increased food violence across the region.
France has been a former colonizer in Africa, and, after years of outright colonization, still seeks control over countries spread over more than 12 territories. It has had more than 50 military interventions in Africa since 1960, when many of its former colonies gained nominal independence.