France recognises Ouattara ICoast election win: presidency

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday recognised Alassane Ouattara as the new president of Ivory Coast and called on his rival, outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo, to respect the result.

Sarkozy appealed to Gbagbo and to all senior civilian and military officials "to respect the will of the people, abstain from any action that might provoke violence" and to help establish a lasting period of peace and reconciliation.

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