France says other European nations will send troops to the Central African Republic to prop up a military force attempting to disarm warring militias.
Paris had urged its European partners to help its 1,600 troops on the ground who are battling to restore security after two weeks of fighting largely between Christians and Muslims.
The explosion of sectarian violence, after months of crisis sparked by a March coup, has forced 210,000 people from their homes in the capital, Bangui alone, according to the UN.
"We will soon have troops on the ground provided by our European colleagues," French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said, without naming the countries. He has said Poland, Britain, Germany, Spain and Belgium were helping with logistics.
The nation spiralled into chaos after a March coup in which the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel group overthrew President Francois Bozize. Rebel leader Michel Djotodia was installed as president and disbanded Seleka, but some rebels went rogue, spreading terror which government forces could not stop.
As violence spiked in the capital, France deployed troops to its former colony on December 5 under a UN mandate to support a struggling African peacekeeping force.