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Vol 55 No 15

Published 25th July 2014

Côte d'Ivoire

Polls beckon as Hollande flies in

Ouattara hopes the French President’s visit will help his coalition prepare for next year's elections. The main opposition is floundering

President François Hollande’s visit last week to Côte d’Ivoire was full of fanfares for regional security and doing business with France but behind the scenes intense manoeuvrings in all the major domestic political parties were under way. President Alassane Dramane Ouattara welcomed his French counterpart at the airport on 17 July as Hollande began the first leg of a tour which also took him to Niger and Chad. Hollande combined the two themes of business and security by taking a symbolic ride in a French-built patrol boat called L'Émergence, which Yamoussoukro will use to fight the growing menace of piracy off its coast.

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