France tells nationals to leave I.Coast 'provisionally'

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France has recommended the remainder of its estimated 15,000 nationals living in Ivory Coast leave the crisis-hit nation provisionally, French government spokesman Francois Baroin said on Wednesday.

The government recommends that "all French who can leave Ivory Coast provisionally," Baroin said following a cabinet meeting, describing the move as a "precautionary and prudent."

The west African nation has been in the grip of a deadly political stand-off since incumbent Laurent Gbagbo and his opponent Alassane Ouattara both claimed to have won a November 28 presidential election.

© 2010 AFP

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