Gbagbo aide slams French 'army of occupation' in Ivory Coast
France's military mission in Ivory Coast "is behaving like an army of occupation without any mandate" from the UN after it took over Abidjan's airport, an aide to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo said on Sunday.
"We feel that this force is behaving in Ivory Coast like an army of occupation without any mandate, because the UN mandate does not authorise Licorne to occupy a sovereign state's airport," Toussaint Alain told journalists in Paris.
France's Licorne (Unicorn) mission on Sunday took control of Abidjan airport in coordination with the UN peacekeeping mission (UNOCI) as forces loyal to Gbagbo and his globally recognised rival Alassane Ouattara struggle for control of the city.
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