Gbagbo army 'assures security' of French in I.Coast
Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo's army has assured the security of French nationals in the Ivory Coast, state television said Monday as France rallied to assist citizens fleeing the chaos.
"The Ivorian government (Gbagbo's) reassures the international community that despite France's manoeuvres to sow death in the Ivory Coast, the Forces of Defense and Security assures the security of French citizens in Ivory Coast," read a ticker running across the screen.
It said Gbagbo's fervent backers the Young Patriots had sent no message "calling Ivorians to attack French citizens."
France on Monday began to gather its citizens to meeting points in Abidjan and sent an additional 150 soldiers to protect foreigners as battles rock the economic capital.
© 2011 AFP