France forces aided in the capture of besieged Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo

On April 11, 2011, French special forces aided in the capture of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo surrendered after French tanks surrounded his residence, which he refused to vacate following his defeat in the country's November 2010 presidential elections. France had deployed forces as part of a UN-backed peacekeeping mission earlier in April 2011 in response to concerns over post-election strife in the country. French troops were working in conjunction with Ivory Coast forces loyal to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara and there were conflicting reports regarding which forces actually captured Gbagbo. UN officials have expressed concern regarding the continuing violence in the Ivory Coast and have cautioned that genocide could eventually result from the conflict.

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