Paris ponders evacuation of French from Ivory Coast

PARIS - France is mulling a possible evacuation of its 12,000 citizens from Ivory Coast, French defense minister Gerard Longuet said on Sunday, as fighting between rival groups intensified in the African cocoa producer.
"This is a question which is being asked and which will be settled in the next few hours," Longuet said in an interview on French television LCI.
Battles continued at the weekend between forces loyal to incumbent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and those of his rival, president claimant Alassane Outtara.
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