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In pictures: Ivory Coast erupts
Pro-government supporters go on the rampage in Ivory Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan
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Ivory Coast's commercial city, Abidjan, erupted following clashes between rebels and government forces.
Mobs gather outside Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, protesting against the French presence in the country
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Mobs have been targeting French citizens, including those in the Hotel Ivoire, after French troops destroyed the Ivorian air force.
Respects are paid at Val-de-Grace in Paris to the nine French soldiers killed in a government air strike
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The French assault was in retaliation for a government air strike which killed nine French soldiers.
French citizens take refuge at the UN's peacekeeping mission in Abidjan
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Many French citizens are packing up and leaving.
Foreign nationals gather around the check in section of the airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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This was the scene at Abidjan airport - the first evacuations took place on Wednesday.
European nationals are evacuated by French soldiers in an Abidjan suburb
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Other Europeans are being evacuated too.
French troops are seen on the Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan
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Meanwhile, French and government troops patrol the streets to try and bring calm.
Yamoussoukro street littered with paper after looting
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There has been looting in Abidjan and the capital, Yamoussoukro
Jean-Mermoz College burns in Abidjan's Cocody quarter
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In Abidjan mobs burned schools and other French sites.
An injured Ivory Coast protestor lies on a hospital bed after being treated by doctors in a hospital in Abidjan
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Protestors have been injured in the violence.
South African President Thabo Mbeki, left, Simone Gbagbo, middle, and Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo
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South African President Mbeki flew in to kick start peace talks - he met the Ivorian president.
French UN Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere (L) and his team at the UN Security Council
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In France, the government has moved swiftly to enlist UN backing for its tough line, pointing to its peacekeeping mandate in Ivory Coast.


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