France losing, US trying

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    Gee, wish someone else would have something else to say:

    'All that is French will be attacked'

    December 02 2003 at 03:24PM

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=68&art_id=qw1070371441872B222&set_id=1

    Abidjan - Waving knives and machetes, pro-government mobs extended their siege of France's main military base in Ivory Coast for a second day on Tuesday - demanding that French peacekeepers withdraw from the former French colony to allow government forces to resume attacks on rebels.

    Hundreds of demonstrators - better armed on Tuesday, after carrying only rocks and planks on Monday - lit bonfires in the streets and heaved stones over barracks walls bristling with concertina wire.

    For a second day, French soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades into the crowd, which started gathering on Monday at the base in Ivory Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan.

    Pro-government militias also delivered an ultimatum on Tuesday to the French: French peacekeepers had until 8pm on Tuesday to withdraw from the West African nation's ceasefire lines.

    If not, militia leaders and youth groups said, their fighters would open attacks on the estimated 16 000 French civilians and 4 000 French troops living in Ivory Coast.

    "All that is French will be attacked," pledged Narcisse N'Depo, a youth leader outside the French military base.

    French diplomats refused immediate comment on the threat, and it was unclear how big a following the militias had, to carry out the ultimatum.

    Tensions come with a nine-month civil war here officially over, since July. However, a power-sharing and peace deal between rebels and government has stalled for months, and Ivory Coast remains split between rebel-held north and government-held south.

    Government-allied militias, youth groups and many in the armed forces themselves increasingly are demanding that French peacekeepers, joined by about 1 000 West African troops, get out of the way to allow fighting to resume.

    West African leaders say renewed war here would destabilize the region as surrounding nations try to pull out of civil wars of their own.

    In an interview published on Tuesday in France's Le Figaro daily, President Laurent Gbagbo said of his supporters, "I can understand why they are fed up."

    "The problem is that the French are between them and the rebels and they want to finish with the war," Gbagbo told Le Figaro.

    However, Gbagbo said of the French peacekeeping force: "I am the one who asked the Licorne troops to be here and I have not changed my mind." - Sapa-AP
     
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    Interesting... I wonder if the French would bow to UN pressure if that body voted all French out of their former colonies. It would seem that France is not welcome in the Ivory Coast, whereas the US is welcomed in Iraq by many, if not most, of the Iraqi population.
     
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    Dis cat hath got to go...
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    Obama: Gbagbo Must 'Stand Down' Immediately
    April 05, 2011 - U.S. President Barack Obama says Ivory Coast's defiant leader, Laurent Gbagbo, must step down from power immediately to prevent further bloodshed and end the violence that has gripped the country.
    See also:

    Negotiations Continue Over Gbagbo's Exit
    April 05, 2011 - Ivory Coast's incumbent president is negotiating the terms of his surrender, after United Nations and French troops attacked his forces in the commercial capital, Abidjan.
     
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    Gbagbo's day of reckoning comes...
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    Ivory Coast president urges calm after Gbagbo is arrested
    April 11, 2011 -- Ouattara declares the "dawn of a new era of hope"; He says he has asked the justice minister to start legal proceedings against Gbagbo; Gbagbo's capture is "victory for the democratic will of the Ivorian people," Obama says; Gbagbo refused to step down after losing an election to Alassane Ouattara
     
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    Crikey, that's a bold statement!
     
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    Ivory Coast was an interesting contrast between the Libertarian Rebel held areas and the authoritarian government section. Wages were lots higher in the rebel held areas.

    It is interesting to see if they will continue the polices of their section, or bring the whole thing under the rule of the bad guys.

    Anyway, I am glad one more war is over
     
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    France losing? Why don't they just cut to the part where they surrender again?
     
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    its never over...till its "over"!!

    timestamps of Annie OP 12-02-2003, 08:35 PM ( and the french have been in and out of their at least twice in between then, and now:))
     
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    Mass graves in Ivory Coast...
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    New mass grave discovered in Ivory Coast
    Tue, May 10, 2011 - A new mass grave containing 29 bodies has been found in a restive suburb of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, said a resident who said the victims were killed in the aftermath of a political standoff that plunged the country into violence.
     
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    Oh, I get it now; you are being sarcastic.
     

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