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France 'ready' to evacuate Ivory Coast

French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has said France is ready to evacuate its nationals from Ivory Coast, after violent protests sparked by a peace agreement aimed at ending the country’s four-month-old civil war. The deal, signed in France on Saturday, stipulates that supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo should share power with rebels within a unity government. But in a letter to the president, the army says it will not accept the rebels taking over the defence and interior ministries, which the rebels say has been agreed. Mr Gbagbo has yet to address the nation to explain the deal, which sparked fresh anti-French protests on Tuesday. Both the commercial capital, Abidjan, and Agboville, the scene of ethnic clashes on Tuesday, are now reported to be calm. Full Story

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