Sarkozy condemns Ivory Coast attackers

2016-03-18 20:10
Nicolas Sarkozy. (Valery Hache, AFP)

Nicolas Sarkozy. (Valery Hache, AFP)

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Grand-Bassam - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has condemned the perpetrators of an assault on a beach town in Ivory Coast as cowardly "barbarians."

Visiting Ivory Coast on Friday, Sarkozy placed flowers at a memorial at the hotel Etoile du Sud, one of several sites attacked on Sunday in the town of Grand-Bassam that left 19 dead, in addition to three gunmen.

In brief remarks, Sarkozy said Ivory Coast was targeted because it's a democracy where Muslims and Christians co-exist peacefully.

Sarkozy is a divisive figure in Ivory Coast, having led France during its military intervention in Ivory Coast's post-election violence in 2011 that brought President Alassane Ouattara to power.

Sarkozy was also scheduled to meet with Ouattara and to speak at Ivory Coast's biggest university.

Read more on:    alassane ouattara  |  nicolas sarkozy  |  france  |  ivory coast  |  west coast

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