Frenchman found dead in Ivory Coast capital

PARIS (Reuters) – A Frenchman was found dead in a hotel in the Ivory Coast capital as fighting intensified between forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo and rival presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara, a French foreign ministry source said.

The unidentified man’s body was found in a hotel room in Yamoussoukro.

“A French compatriot was shot dead and we are looking to establish the circumstances surrounding his death,” the source said.

He declined to identify the man and could not confirm the death was linked to recent violence over the contested November 28 election result.

(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Frenchman found dead in Ivory Coast capital