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Vol 43 No 25

Published 20th December 2002


Côte d'Ivoire

A new front opens

France is determined to enforce the peace but may find the latest rebels hard to handle

The images of frightened Ivorian people with bundles of possessions on their heads are even more shocking because the refugees are fleeing down well maintained tarmac roads with a white line down the middle. Côte d'Ivoire is not like its chronically unstable neighbours: it has an established middle class, infrastructure, democratic institutions. And now a civil war.

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