France "aware of" Gbagbo negotiations over departure

PARIS (Reuters) – French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday that incumbent Laurent Gbagbo is negotiating his departure from Ivory Coast, as fighting escalates in Abidjan between his forces and those loyal to rival Alassane Ouattara.

“We are aware,” Juppe said, asked if he was aware of Gbagbo being in negotiations to leave. “If there are possibilities to see him leave power then we are ready,” he said.

(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)

France "aware of" Gbagbo negotiations over departure