France says it will increase forces in Ivory Coast

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ABIDJAN: France will increase the number of its troops in Ivory Coast, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday on a trip to the African nation which hosts a regional base for French forces. “This summer the French forces in Ivory Coast will increase from 500 to 900 men and form the forward operating base for west Africa,” he said while visiting French forces in the Ivorian capital. The increase was already included in the military budget but comes at a time of growing regional terror threats, especially after an Islamist attack on the beach resort of Grand Bassam, near Abidjan, in March that left 19 people dead.

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