No plans for evacuation of French citizens

7th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 8 (AFP) - The French army's chief of staff General Henri Bentegeat said Monday that calm was returning to Ivory Coast after two days of violence and there were no plans to evacuate French nationals there.

PARIS, Nov 8 (AFP) - The French army's chief of staff General Henri Bentegeat said Monday that calm was returning to Ivory Coast after two days of violence and there were no plans to evacuate French nationals there.

"If there are no mistakes, if no-one does anything provocative in the coming days then the situation should calm down," he told LCI television news.

"An evacuation could be carried out. We have plans for everything. But it is definitely not on the immediate agenda," he said.

Anti-French riots were sparked by President Jacques Chirac's order to destroy most of the Ivorian airforce - a move prompted by the killing of nine French peace-keepers.

"We were attacked, we responded. For us the matter is now over," he said.

"French soldiers reacted calmly, coolly, with extreme restraint. If they had not, there would hundreds of dead today in Ivory Coast."

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