The attack in Côte d'Ivoire

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French-African Policy ‘Partly to Blame’ for Ivorian Crisis
By Ruth Nabakwe, Panafrican News Agency, 18 October 2000. French policy never assisted true democracy to take root on the continent, hence the support by France of former Ivorian President Bedie. France supported dictatorial regimes in Africa over the years, which resulting in the exclusion of certain political parties as has happened in Cote d'Ivoire.
La France reconnaît Gbagbo comme président ivoirien
Panafrican News Agency, 27 October 2000. La France respectait les résultats du scrutin présidentiel du dimanche 22 octobre en Côte d'Ivoire, estimant en substance qu'il y avait risque de vacance de pouvoir si l'actuel régime dirigé par le socialiste Laurent Gbagbo, n'était pas reconnu.
Ivorian Ruling Party Accuses Western Media of Sensationalism
By Ruth Nabakwe, Panafrican News Agency, 13 November 2000. Cote d'Ivoire's ruling Popular Front Party (FPI), has accused the Western media of “sensational reporting” aimed at plunging the West African country into bloody chaos in the aftermath of the 22 October Presidential elections which socialist Laurent Gbagbo won. The French press, was fanning ethnic and religious tension between Muslims and Christians in Cote d'Ivoire.
Ivorian Opposition Party Outraged By International Stance
Panafrican News Agency, 22 December 2000. The Ivorian Workers' Party expressed indignation against the international community for its “misinformation campaign against Cote d'Ivoire.” The Rally of Republicans' party leader was disqualified by the Supreme Court for because of doubts on his Ivorian nationality. The EU as a result decided to suspend financial aid until fresh elections including all the candidates are held.
Papers Condemn EU Interference In Cote D'sIvoire Affairs
Panafrican News Agency, 22 December 2000. The anxieties expressed in local newspapers. The interference of the European Union in Ivorian affairs is a major concern; when it comes to restoring democracy, the EU would better direct its concern toward the U.S., rather than the Cote d'Ivoire.
French Vow to Retaliate if Attacked in Ivory Coast
Associated Press, Washington Post, Sunday 20 October 2002. French forces are monitoring Ivory Coast's cease-fire, which halted four weeks of fighting between government and rebel forces. France sent to its former colony to protect foreign nationals and provide logistical support to government forces. Ivorians, frightened and displaced by the conflict and the ethnic violence it unleashed, questioned whether peace could last.
Why did U.S. and French troops invade Ivory Coast?
By Monica Moorehead, Workers World, 10 October 2002. Rebel soldiers are attempting to overturn the existing government headed by President Laurent Gbagbo. This intervention on the part of two imperialist countries raises the question of what role French and U.S. imperialism play not only in West Africa but Africa as a whole.
France Abandons Hands-Off Policy On Africa Conflicts: Some Fear Ivory Coast Quagmire
By Keith B. Richburg, Washington Post, Saturday 4 January 2003. A little more than five years after France declared a “new African policy” aimed at ending direct military intervention in Africa, it is sharply escalating its armed presence in Ivory Coast.
As imperialism plunders Africa: French troops intervene in Ivory Coast
By G. Dunkel, Workers World, 9 January 2003. France has intervened in Ivory Coast, one of its former colonies, exchanging fire in late December with armed rebel groups. When the current crisis broke out in mid-September, both Washington and Paris sent special forces to the country for alleged “humanitarian” purposes. U.S. and French imperialism in competition over parts of Africa. The background of the Cote d'Ivoire crisis.
Out of Africa? Not the French
The New York Times, 12 January 2003. France finds itself embroiled in a messy conflict, not of its own making, in what was once a jewel in its colonial crown. Tt is France's largest deployment in Africa in two decades. The expedition, which began as a peacekeeping mission last fall when fighting broke out, has neither rules nor road map.
France and the U.S. maneuver over Ivory Coast
By G. Dunkel, Workers World, 20 February 2003. While the Ivory Coast grows poorer, and renewed violence threatens to burst out into a civil war, the imperialist governments of France and the US both collude and collide over the country. The current crisis began in September 2002, after a failed coup attempt led to fighting and rebel movements took over parts of the country. These movements now form a national opposition to the government of President Laurent Gbagbo.
UN Renews Sanctions on Ivory Coast
Prensa Latina, 16 December 2005. The UN Security Council has renewed sanctions imposed on the Ivory Coast, including seizure of arms and prohibition to import raw diamonds for another year. Personal restrictions prohibit any one constituting a threat to the process of national reconciliation from traveling, and from accessing their own financial resources.