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Latest update : 2011-04-03

France on Sunday asked its nationals currently in Abidjan to assemble “without delay to ensure their protection”, possibly as a prelude to a mass evacuation, after a weekend of ongoing fighting in Ivory Coast’s main city.

REUTERS - Paris called for French citizens in Abidjan to assemble together without delay as a means of protection against fighting between rival Ivorian groups, French President Nicolas Sarzkozy said on Sunday.

France is mulling a possible evacuation from Ivory Coast of its 12,000 French citizens because of fighting between supporters of Laurent Gbagbo and people backing his presidential rival, Alassane Outtara.
 
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"He (Sarkozy) has decided that all French citizens in Abidjan should be grouped together without delay to ensure their protection," the French president's office said.
 
Battles continued at the weekend between the two Ivorian groups. Ggabgo refuses to cede power after losing a U.N. certified election to Outtara.
 
"We will not expose French people to being hostages or indirect victims of confrontation between these two forces," French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said on Sunday, adding the question of evacuation would be settled within hours.

 

Date created : 2011-04-03

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