Ouattara supporters take over I. Coast Paris embassy: police

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Supporters of Ivory Coast presidential contender Alassane Ouattara on Monday peacefully took control of their country's Paris embassy after loyalists of rival Laurent Gbagbo departed, a police source said.

"They have taken control of the embassy which was empty," a police source told AFP. "They are indeed Ouattara supporters."

The occupation took place after Paris said it would recognise Ouattara's envoy over that of embattled strongman Gbagbo, who has clung on to power since a disputed November 28 presidential vote.

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