France bolsters Ivory Coast presence

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Series Details 4.4.11
Publication Date 04/04/2011
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France bolstered its military presence in Ivory Coast on 3 April 2011 and took over the country’s main airport as forces loyal to rival presidential claimants battled for control of Abidjan, the main city, amid reports of massacres in the cocoa-producing west.

The UN pulled out some of its own staff following attacks on its headquarters in Abidjan and the wounding of four peacekeepers by supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, the outgoing president, whose refusal to concede election defeat has reignited civil war.

France deployed an additional 300 troops to its former colony, bringing the total number there to 1,400, prompting appeals by supporters of Mr Gbagbo for mass mobilisation to resist the 'occupying force'.

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