French army in control of Ivory Coast airport

The French army has taken control of Ivory Coast’s main airport.

With a battle for Abidjan in its fourth day, French forces were reinforced by Paris in order to take control of the airport and protect foreigners current living in Ivory Coast.

It is believed around 1,500 foreigners are being protected at a French military camp.

Violence and looting has overtaken the city of Abidjan, with rival factions indulging in horrific massacres.

The fierce fighting is taking place between forces backing internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to step down after losing the November elections.

The UN is blaming both sides for the killings, suggesting the elected president Alassane Ouattara should take action against any followers who may have taken part in the violence.

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