Monday, December 01, 2003

The French are doing a bang up job in the Ivory Coast.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (December 1, 5:30 a.m. PST) - A pro-government mob was laying siege to a French military base in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Monday, and French forces were firing tear gas and rounds to try to break up the crowd.

French soldiers, in Ivory Coast to enforce a cease-fire in the former French colony, left the base in armored personnel carriers to confront the 250-strong, rock-throwing mob.

Shots could be heard from the base, but it was not clear whether they were rubber bullets or live rounds. White fumes rose from tear gas fired by the French, and black smoke billowed from a roadblock of burning metal drums set afire at the base gates by the loyalist young men.

White smoke or white flags? Time to start the surrender talks.

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