France condemns Ivory Coast attack on ambassador escort

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 30, 2011 3:47 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - France condemned on Wednesday an alleged gun attack by incumbent Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo's forces on a car escorting the French ambassador in Abidjan.

The French foreign ministry said the attack showed Gbagbo was pursuing a policy of "blind violence" targeting both citizens of the Ivory Coast and foreigners.

"This afternoon his special forces fired a burst of shots at a vehicle escorting the French ambassador," the French foreign ministry said in a statement. "These acts, coming after other attacks against other ambassadors, are unacceptable."

"We condemn these acts in the strongest terms. We will hold Laurent Gbagbo accountable," the ministry added.

The U.N. Security Council was due to meet on Wednesday to discuss Ivory Coast, and diplomats said they expected to vote on a resolution imposing sanctions on Gbagbo and his inner circle.

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; editing by Philippa Fletcher)