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UN, French forces join attack on Gbagbo in Abidjan

UN troops, backed by the French military, opened fire on Laurent Gbagbo's forces Monday following consistent reports of attacks on civilians and peacekeepers.

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See below for Monday's live blog.

- French and UN helicopters on Monday fired at the Ivory Coast presidential palace and bases of strongman Laurent Gbagbo as the country's elected president launched an all-out push to make him step down.

- French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had requested France's military participation.

-One of Gbagbo's advisers in Paris, Toussaint Alain, said the strikes were "illegal" and amounted to an "assassination attempt" on Gbagbo.

 

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