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French embassy in Ivory Coast under siege by president backers

More than 100 hardline supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo hurled stones and shouted anti-French slogans outside the French embassy in the Ivory Coast main city Abidjan. Anti-French violence was reported around the city, the latest escalation in tensions that have pummelled the one-time west African powerhouse in the 20 months since a failed coup attempt in September 2002 against Gbagbo erupted into civil war. Witnesses told AFP that youths clad in black t-shirts clustered in front of the embassy’s main entrance, pelting the administrative buildings with stones and setting tires and wood stakes on fire. Full Story

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