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More French Troops Deploy in Ivory Coast Amid Protests - 2004-11-07


The French military has deployed reinforcements in Ivory Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan, amid rioting in the city after clashes between Ivorian government forces and French peacekeepers.

Some protesters looted stores and assaulted foreigners in Abidjan on Sundayin a second day of marches against what protesters call French interference.

An Ivorian government spokesman accused France of attacking the west African nation. But the French foreign minister Michel Barnier says France sent the troops to ensure security, not destablize the country.

Saturday, Ivorian forces bombed a French military base in rebel-held territory, killing nine French soldiers and an American. Ivorian officials said the strike was a mistake. French warplanes destroyed Ivorian military aircraft in response.

Ivorian government forces began attacking rebel-held areas on Thursday, shattering an 18-month truce.

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