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More on the Ivory Coast

Just an update




2 responses to “More on the Ivory Coast

  1. myongha April 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I just read an article that said France had sent extra 300 soldiers to Ivory Coast, and it appears that France has been actively engaged in where humanitarian crimes are committed. It also led the major countries to execute airstrikes on Libya to stop atrocities committed by Gaddafi. To be honest, I am not certain what the French government’s intentions are, but it is possible that Nicholas Sarcozy, President of France, was politically motivated since the re-election is happening soon. According to a survey, he is actually behind the other candidate, Marine Le Pen. What makes it interesting is that, regardless of the Sarcozy’s real intentions, France is playing an important role to stop crimes against humanity and protect innocent civilians. I am curious how the public is going to react to the French government’s active engagement in international conflicts.

  2. ayingling April 4, 2011 at 9:25 am

    France is taking an active role in stopping the violence. According to a BBC article I was reading, Gbagbo has repeatedly blamed France for the problems in the Ivory Coast. Since the election in November, France has maintained a pretty low profile in its former Colony even though the violence has been escalating. I don’t know if the increased military presence by France is because they feel some sort of responsibility or has another motivation for Sarcozy. France still has 12,000 French nationals living in the Ivory Coast. According to the Ministry of Defense, there are 1,650 foreigners who have taken refuge in a Licorne military camp in Abidjan and half of them are French.

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