French troops have crippled Ivory Coast's military by destroying its warplanes, helicopters and a weapons stockpile in the capital, Yamoussoukro.
French forces in Ivory Coast said (Saturday) they have received orders from the French government to destroy all Ivorian aircraft.
This comes after two Ivorian warplanes bombed a French military base in the north, killing nine French soldiers and an American.
In New York, the U.N. Security Council condemned the attack on the French forces and said it supports the French action against the Ivorian military.
Late Saturday, there was also fighting for control of the main airport in Abidjan. French forces fired warning shots to disperse tens of thousands of anti-French demonstrators in the city.
About 4,000 French soldiers and 6,000 U.N. peacekeeping troops are in the West African country to monitor a ceasefire between the government and northern based rebels.