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French Troops Shore Up Cease-Fire Positions

From Times Wire Reports

French troops strengthened positions along Ivory Coast’s front line to keep loyalist soldiers and rebels apart under an agreement to monitor a truce.

France, which has more than 1,000 troops in its former colony, agreed to monitor the cease-fire, signed last week, until a regional force can be sent to help end the month-old conflict.

The fighting has left hundreds dead and displaced more than 200,000. French troops have evacuated hundreds of foreigners since a failed Sept. 19 coup left the rebels holding most of the north of the African country.


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