Cote d'Ivoire: French peacekeepers

Head Heeb reports on the latest developments in the conflict in ‘Cote d'Ivoire. French peacekeeping troops are once again responsible for the death of an Ivoirian – this time a local gang leader – who was suffocated to death by an amored vehicle. However Heeb points out that this time “the French government seems to be doing the right thing with respect to this killing; the soldiers involved are facing charges, and their commanders have been suspended pending investigation. At the same time, it is further proof that the French presence in Cote d'Ivoire is turning into a case study in how long-term peacekeeping can turn into counterinsurgency” .

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