Air France suspends flights from Paris to Abidjan

09:09, April 02, 2011      

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Air France has suspended all flights linking Paris and Abidjan, the commercial capital of Cote d'Ivoire, where troops of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and elected President Alassane Ouattara are fighting, the French airline confirmed on Friday.

"We have cancelled the flight from Paris to Abidjan yesterday ( March 31). And today, we have no flight plan," an Air France spokeswoman told Xinhua.

On Friday, if searching for flights to Abidjan on the web site of Paris airports, there will be a responding note reading "there are no flights matching these criteria."

"The Air France flight on Saturday (April 2) was also cancelled, " the spokeswoman added, saying that further information concerning Sunday flights is depending on the study of the situation in the African country.

Cote d'Ivoire has been plunged into turmoil following incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat after losing the second round of election on Nov. 28, 2010, to his opponent, former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara.

International community, including the UN Security Council, have all called on Gbagbo to hand over power and let Ouattara assume office. Ouattara's force has entered Abidjan since Thursday. Fight between the two camps has caused hundreds of thousands of civilians flee to neighboring African countries.

Source: Xinhua
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