Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

US media reacts to ebola scare

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: Center for Disease Control Confirms First Case of Virus in US (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: Center for Disease Control Confirms First Case of Virus in US

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

I will support Hillary Clinton, will.i.am tells France 24

Read more

FOCUS

Germany: Spread of radical Islam propaganda sparks concerns

Read more

ENCORE!

Corrie Nielsen: Up and Coming Talent at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FACE-OFF

French Senate election: A new blow for Hollande

Read more

ENCORE!

Encore's Film Show: Julie Gayet, Denzel Washington, and cartoon madness

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Turkey's strategy towards the Islamic State group

Read more

Africa

French ambassador's home attacked by Gbagbo loyalists

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-04-07

French helicopters gunned down armed assailants loyal to Laurent Gbagbo as they attempted to break into the French ambassador's residence in Abidjan, Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said Thursday.

REUTERS - French helicopters attacked and destroyed two pickup trucks of armed assailants who tried to break into the French ambassador's residence in Ivory Coast, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said on Thursday.

The armed men were apparently from forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, who is refusing to cede power to rival Alassana Ouattara, who the United Nations said won a Nov. 28 election. "Two armed pickups coming from the residence of the former president Gbagbo tried to penetrate the French residence while firing. They were destroyed ... in defence by Licorne helicopters," Longuet told the French Senate.

Earlier, armed forces spokesman Thierry Burkhard said French Licorne ("Unicorn") forces that back up U.N. peacekeepers in Ivory Coast had also destroyed military vehicles belonging to Gbagbo's troops during a helicopter-borne mission overnight to rescue Japan's ambassador to the West African country.

The French, who this week joined U.N. helicopter raids to destroy Gbagbo's heavy weapons, went in after Gbagbo soldiers broke into the Japanese residence, where ambassador Yoshifumi Okamura and seven staff had taken shelter inside a safe room.

The attacks came as forces loyal to Ouattara laid siege to Gbagbo's own residence nearby after an attempt to pluck him from his bunker on Wednesday met with fierce resistance.

Date created : 2011-04-07

  • IVORY COAST

    Ouattara forces continue push to unseat Gbagbo

    Read more

  • F24 EXCLUSIVE REPORT

    Pro-Ouattara forces attempt to seize Gbagbo residence

    Read more

  • FRENCH FOREIGN POLICY

    France ‘the new US’ with Sarkozy as chief warmonger

    Read more

COMMENT(S)