Monday, April 11, 2011

Gbagbo Arrested

French special forces have captured Laurent Gbagbo:

Laurent Gbagbo a été arrêté à Abidjan

L'ambassadeur de France à Abidjan a annoncé que Laurent Gbagbo a été arrêté. Selon un conseiller du président sortant ivoirien, ce sont les forces spéciales françaises qui sont intervenues dans la résidence présidentielle. (AFP et Reuters)

My NPR interview on French operations in Ivory Coast and Libya (recorded last Thursday, aired today) can be heard here.

4 comments:

bernard said...

apparently not French forces according to French defense ministry, but Attara forces.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

Yes, well, as we all know, French forces liberated Paris in 1944. Just sayin' ...

Massilian said...

I expected you to be more careful : "French special forces have captured Laurent Gbagbo" is the Gbagbo people version of the story. That's one side and there may be more sides than just two...

Arthur Goldhammer said...

I was quoting the Le Monde bulletin. Later reports differ. I have no idea which is more accurate, but I am not sure what "care" has to do with it. There is no question that the forces that entered the residence were able to do so thanks to substantial French air support. Whether you think this represents "neocolonialism" or "humanitarian intervention" will depend on a lot of factors, but the basic fact remains: Ouattara did not do this on his own, and what happens from here on out will have happened in part thanks to French and UN intervention. The rest is spin.