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French army in Ivorian rebel town

French troops in Ivory Coast have for the first time entered the rebel stronghold of Bouake, following a bank robbery and a shootout that killed at least 23 people. The intervention was approved by the rebels, and designed to curb violence in the city, a French army spokesman said. Until now the rebels, who control half of the country, have accused Paris of siding with the government of President Laurent Gbagbo. In the past week the rebels – who call themselves the New Forces – walked out of a power-sharing government brokered by France. Full Story

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