France increases role in Ivory Coast

French military forces have been stepping up their action in Ivory Coast where a conflict between two claimants to the Presidency is becoming increasingly bitter.
French helicopter gunships fired missiles on a military camp in Abidjan shortly after Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris gave the go-ahead for his troops to join a UN operation against forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo.

Gbagbo has been clinging onto power since a disputed election last November even though there is widespread international opinion that he lost.

More in depth reporting on France’s role in Africa can be found here.

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