France says gathering citizens together in I.Coast

4th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

France said on Monday it had begun assembling its citizens at three points in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan amid fears of a final battle between forces loyal to the country's rival presidents.

"Grouping together operations have begun on a voluntary basis," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

"Two new gathering points have been set up, at the Wafou hotel south of the bridges and the other at the French embassy in the north."

The third gathering point is at the French military camp at Port-Bouet where more than 1,650 foreigners, around half of them French, have been since Sunday morning.

"The French community in Abidjan is around 12,000 people, 800 of our compatriots are at Port-Bouet. Numerous nationalities are taken into account in our embassy's security plan," Valero said.

© 2011 AFP

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