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Attacks on French embassies in Africa since 2000

MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP | Libyan security forces gather outside the French embassy in Tripoli following a car bomb blast, on April 23, 2013.

Friday’s attack on the French embassy in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou is the fifth in a series of attacks on French embassies in Africa since 2000.

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  • Mauritania, 8 August 2009: Three people, two of them French gendarmes, were slightly injured in an Islamist bomb blast on the country’s embassy in the capital Nouakchott – the first suicide bombing to have taken place in the former French colony.
  • Ivory Coast, 8 April 2011: The French embassy in the capital Abidjan was fired on by militants loyal to the country’s strongman Laurent Gbagbo, when they attacked the headquarters of his rival, UN-recognised President Alassane Ouattara.
  • Central African Republic, 26 December 2012: French forces were deployed around France's embassy in Bangui after protesters angered by a rebel advance in the north of the country hurled stones at the building, tore down the French flag, burned tires and vandalised the building’s entrance.
  • Libya, 23 April 2013: Two French gendarmes were injured, one of them seriously, when a car bomb exploded at France's embassy in Tripoli.
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