Ivory Coast: November 7, 2004


 Mobs of pro-government men are forming in the commercial capital (Abidjan) and threatening to retake the airport from French troops. In response, France is sending another 300 troops to help out in the commercial capital (Abidjan). France has some serious problems in Ivory Coast, as 14,000 French citizens live there. Ivorians in the south expected France to help the government defeat the northern rebels. But France has instead urged the government to work out a deal with the rebels. Too many southern politicians were intent on crushing the rebels, and urged mobs of like minded young men to join the army and militias, or just intimidate those who sided with France. There us some fighting in the north, as some government troops or militias have gotten past peacekeeper roadblocks. But France is angry with the government now, and appears ready to take sides by making more attacks on government forces, even if mainly in self defense.


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