Friday, April 1, 2011

Sarkozy creates a cabinet crisis on Ivory Coast

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has organized this week a cabinet crisis to address the situation in Ivory Coast, in the context of a meteoric progress of the forces of President recognized by the international community, Alassane Ouattara, to dislodge from power Laurent Gbagbo. The Elysee said Sarkozy will meet Prime Minister Francois Fillon, as well as foreign ministers, Alain Juppe and Defense, Gerard Longuet.

A French presidential spokesman said the meeting will be late on Friday and, so far, there is no communication scheduled. French soldiers of the Licorne international mission deployed in different parts of Abidjan to prevent attacks and looting against the French and other Westerners living in the city.

The French soldiers (there are 900 in total Licorne) patrolling particularly in the Cocody district and zone IV in which they reside many European expatriates. France, by the mouth of the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bernard Valero, warned against "a bloodbath" in Ivory Coast, and reiterated in an interview to television channel "France 24" position of his country: " Gbagbo must hear the appeals of the international community and go.

" Valero also recalled the slogans of the French Government in Ivory Coast to remain sheltered in their homes. On the ground, Ouattara forces attacked tonight Gbagbo's residence, according to several people in the district of Cocody in Abidjan broadcast by France 24, who said they heard heavy gunfire.

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