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French Attacked In Ivory Coast By Laurent Gbagbo Forces

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — French helicopters on an evacuation mission were fired upon by forces supporting the country’s strongman as they tried to retain power in Ivory Coast’s largest city, a military spokesman said Saturday.No French soldie…

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — French helicopters on an evacuation mission were fired upon by forces supporting the country’s strongman as they tried to retain power in Ivory Coast’s largest city, a military spokesman said Saturday.

No French soldiers were injured in the attack late Friday, but French forces fired back destroying one armored vehicle, Cmdr. Frederic Daguillon said. The mission to evacuate diplomats from an embassy was aborted, he said.

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