«French helicopters fired warning shots to try to stop the tens of thousands of government loyalists moving forward.[...]
France had responded to an earlier Ivorian air attack on a rebel town that left nine French peacekeepers dead. [...]
Rioters were seen brandishing axes, machetes and clubs as they roamed the streets shouting "French go home!" and "Everybody get your Frenchman!"[...]
President Jacques Chirac ordered the "immediate destruction of Ivorian military aircraft used in recent days in violation of the ceasefire".[...]
In a telephone call to President Laurent Gbagbo, France's Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said a political solution must be found, and stressed that "violence leads to nothing," a ministry statement said.»
There are so many dimensions of irony here that I can't even see straight. I'm sure that that's exactly no consolation to the DEAD AFRICANS tho.