France advises French citizens to leave Ivory Coast

31st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

France on Friday advised its citizens in Ivory Coast, "in particular families with children," to temporarily leave the West African state because of the political crisis there.

"Although foreign nationals are not at present threatened, the French authorities renew their advice... to all French who can, in particular families with children, to temporarily leave Ivory Coast," the foreign ministry said.

Around 14,000 French citizens live in the former French colony where Laurent Gbagbo is refusing to hand over the presidency to his rival Alassane Ouattara, who is internationally recognised as winner of presidential elections.

France has already urged its citizens to leave, but on Friday renewed the advice as UN peacekeepers stared down threats to storm a hotel where they were protecting Ouattara.

© 2010 AFP

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