In pictures: Ivory Coast’s plush, empty capital


Sacred crocodiles

Camarade Soumaila looks after the "sacred" crocodiles that live outside the gates of the sprawling presidential palace, charging tourists $6 to see live chickens being thrown into the lagoon.

Mr Houphouet-Boigny died in 1993, but his family still live in the palace, so a new one is being built at the other end of town.

Two palaces, a giant church and vast avenues dividing up fields - Yamoussoukro does not yet have the atmosphere of a capital.

By John James, BBC

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