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Re: MORE* - Re: S3 - FRANCE/COTE D'IVOIRE/MIL - French forces deployed in Abidjan - sources

Released on 2012-08-06 13:00 GMT

Email-ID 1141240
Date 2011-03-31 20:07:39
but France's troops have been in Abidjan for decades. It's like a second
home to them. I guess the mutual defense treaties are not honored this

On 3/31/11 1:02 PM, Marko Papic wrote:

The French are conducting two theater operations in Africa... I mean I
know, it's just 900 men in Ivory Coast preventing looting and they were
already deployed in the region.

But still. Don't compare this to the U.S. France is not U.S. Compare it
to its neighbors in Europe. Hell, could Russia do something like that?

On 3/31/11 11:47 AM, Michael Wilson wrote:

French troops said deployed in suburb of Ivorian economic capital

Soldiers of the French Licorne [Unicorn] Force were on Thursday
deployed in a neighbourhood in Abidjan which faces the threat of

Meanwhile, forces loyal to the president who is recognized by the
international community, Alassane Ouattara, are shaking the current
regime in place, AFP reported on 31 March.

The Licorne Force (900 men) intervened following looting in Zone 4, a
neighbourhood to the south of Abidjan where many Europeans, notably
French nationals, are known to live and where several businesses are
located, sources close to the issue said.

Source: AFP news agency, Paris, in French 1613 gmt 31 Mar 11

On 3/31/11 10:42 AM, Michael Wilson wrote:

French forces deployed in Abidjan - sources


ABIDJAN, March 31 (Reuters) - French forces have been deployed in
some parts of Ivory Coast's main city of Abidjan, three sources said
on Thursday.

One source said soldiers from the 1,000-strong French Licorne force
in Ivory Coast had been deployed in Zone 4, in the south of the

A Western military source said others were sent to rescue some
French nationals being attacked in the Deux Plateaux neighbourhood
by youth supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent leader who has
refused to leave office since a disputed election last November.

France's armed forces declined to immediately comment.
(Reporting by Ange Aboa and Tim Cocks; writing by David Lewis)

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