French tanks cross formerly Gbagbo-held Abidjan bridges

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Four French tanks and several armored personnel vehicles crossed bridges formerly held by forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan on Tuesday, a Reuters correspondent said.

The bridges link the northern administrative and financial district of the city to the south where the airport and French army base is located.

The tanks and armored personnel carriers were flying the French flag with a Red Cross vehicle behind them flying a white flag.

Gbagbo, who is said to be in a bunker at his residence in the northern part of the city, was negotiating the terms of his departure from power on Tuesday following a fierce assault by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattarra, backed by U.N. and French helicopter air strikes.

(Reporting by Tim Cocks; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Louise Ireland)

French tanks cross formerly Gbagbo-held Abidjan bridges