27 July 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Ouattara and Hollande 'Open a New Chapter' in French-Ivorian Relations As the Two Leaders Met Yesterday

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With a picture of President Hollande warmly welcoming his Ivorian counterpart, President Ouattara, at the Elysee Palace yesterday, Fraternite Matin carries a front-page banner headline reading, "Hollande and Ouattara open a new chapter in Cote d'Ivoire-France relations." According to the paper (p. 4), the two leaders had a more than one-hour talk on many issues including the current political situation in Cote d'Ivoire, one year after the post-electoral crisis in this country. "We've had a fruitful discussion on the relations between our two countries but also on the situation in the Sahel," the paper quotes President Hollande as saying. On the situation in Cote d'Ivoire, the paper quotes President Ouattara as saying, "There will no longer be impunity in Cote d'Ivoire."

Another report in Fraternite Matin (p. 7) says that President Ouattara met with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during his official visit to France. Speaking after this meeting, Mr. Le Drian reportedly said that his meeting with the Ivorian leader, who is also the chairman of the West African ECOWAS group, focused on the situation in Mali. The new defense agreement between France and Cote d'Ivoire was also high on the agenda, reports the paper.

"President Hollande has called for a partnership based on transparency and the fight against corruption," says a headline in L'Intelligent d'Abidjan (p. 5), while a front-page headline in Le Patriote says that the Ivorian president has "thanked the French government for its debt forgiveness." The paper, which describes the meeting between Presidents Hollande and Ouattara yesterday in Paris as "warm," quotes the French president as saying "Ouattara is a friend and a statesman."

In the wake of President Ouattara's visit to France, Nord-Sud Quotidien carries a front-page banner headline suggesting that the meeting between the Ivorian leader and his French counterpart has "shattered the dream of Gbagbo's supporters." Meanwhile, a front-page headline in Le Nouveau Courrier suggests that the French president used the occasion to teach a lesson to Ouattara on many issues, including "security, reconciliation and justice." "Cote d'Ivoire-France cooperation: Hollande impose conditions on the Duekoue torturer," reads a front-page headline in Notre Voie.

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