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Ivory Coast Rebels Threaten France with Attack
Reuters | Mon December 23, 2002 10:38 AM ET

Posted on 12/23/2002 9:26:06 AM PST by Sparta

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's three rebel factions threw down the gauntlet to France on Monday saying if there were any attacks by troops from the former colonial ruler on rebel positions they would launch an all-out offensive. The rebel groups met in Bouake, the stronghold of the main faction Patriotic Movement of Ivory Coast (MPCI), on Monday to discuss forming an alliance two days after French troops blasted three rebel pickup trucks attacking a town in the west.

In a joint statement, the MPCI, the Ivorian Popular Movement of the Far West (MPIGO) and the Movement for Peace and Justice (MJP) reiterated their desire for President Laurent Gbagbo to quit and for transparent elections with international monitors.

"The MPIGO, the MPCI and the MJP declare that from today any French military attack on one of their positions will be considered a 'declaration of war'," the groups said. "The MPCI, the MPIGO and the MJP will then launch a joint attack on all fronts."

France said on Sunday its soldiers would stay in Ivory Coast as long as was necessary to negotiate a peaceful end to the crisis, which has torn apart the region's economic hub and a cornerstone of French influence in Africa.


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Note to Reuters(again): These so-called "rebels" are Islamofascist trash backed by Liberia, Libya, and the rest of the usual suspects.
1 posted on 12/23/2002 9:26:06 AM PST by Sparta
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To: Sparta
"France surrenders. Details at 11."
2 posted on 12/23/2002 9:31:06 AM PST by mhking
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To: Sparta
France said on Sunday its soldiers would stay in Ivory Coast as long as was necessary to negotiate a peaceful end surrender.
3 posted on 12/23/2002 9:33:05 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: mhking
Ya know what? These guys there are French Foreign Legion - I wouldn't recommend insulting them - they are NOT French Regular Army...

:0)
4 posted on 12/23/2002 9:38:57 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Sparta
More gifts from Mother Africa.
5 posted on 12/23/2002 9:45:20 AM PST by Hank Rearden
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To: Chad Fairbanks
The Foreign Legion is not majorly composed of Frenchmen. People for all sorts of nationalities join for adventure, and in order to get a new start as a French citizen
6 posted on 12/23/2002 9:48:32 AM PST by SauronOfMordor
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To: Sparta
France is a socialist utopia. Why aren't they loved by one and all? You know, peace, love, and groovy flower power?
With the "appeasement for peace" mentality, why are they objecting to an Islamic take over? Seems like they'd be willing to accept that "so everyone can get along."
7 posted on 12/23/2002 9:48:49 AM PST by concerned about politics
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To: mhking
These guys there are French Foreign Legion

Those boys won't quit...

8 posted on 12/23/2002 9:49:42 AM PST by Dog
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To: Sparta
Note to Reuters(again): These so-called "rebels" are Islamofascist trash backed by Liberia, Libya, and the rest of the usual suspects.

They may be fascists in fact, but their ideology smacks of Marxism.

9 posted on 12/23/2002 9:50:36 AM PST by Carry_Okie
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To: SauronOfMordor
No kidding - which is why, when referring to the FFL, one should NOT make the "We surrender" jokes - part of the code of honor is NEVER surrender your arms...

10 posted on 12/23/2002 9:52:24 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: SauronOfMordor
Aye, but this is still the Legion we're talking about here in this article- and they do represent France in this matter. I don't look for them to surrender...
11 posted on 12/23/2002 9:56:56 AM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: Prodigal Son
Yes, the represent France - but with Honor, more than one could say for her government...
12 posted on 12/23/2002 9:57:35 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Prodigal Son
Aye, but this is still the Legion we're talking about here in this article- and they do represent France in this matter. I don't look for them to surrender...

That's refreshing. Thanks for the info. I had no idea France had real men.

13 posted on 12/23/2002 9:58:26 AM PST by concerned about politics
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To: concerned about politics
They don't - that's why it's the 'Foreign' Legion heh heh heh
14 posted on 12/23/2002 10:05:23 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: mhking
Bon sois mon amie... I surrender... viva la France!

When the balloon goes up, the French drop their rifles and raise their arms.

Remember a picture from 1940... two drunken French soldiers laughing as they surrendered.

15 posted on 12/23/2002 10:08:30 AM PST by johnny7
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To: Chad Fairbanks
{����,�s there are French Foreign Legion - I wouldn't recommend insulting them - they are NOT French Regular Army...

Well, most the troops in the Legion are NOT French, maybe that explains why they are the only decent unit that France has.

16 posted on 12/23/2002 10:10:59 AM PST by Norman Arbuthnot
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To: Sparta
Does this mean that France is going to get invaded/conquered again?

Sigh, I say this time we don't bail them out.

17 posted on 12/23/2002 10:11:06 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: Sparta
I have to wonder if the French aren't biting off more than they can chew.
18 posted on 12/23/2002 10:15:42 AM PST by The Real Deal
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To: concerned about politics
LOL
19 posted on 12/23/2002 10:17:49 AM PST by The Real Deal
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To: The Real Deal
LOL!! You're bad. ;^)
20 posted on 12/23/2002 10:19:34 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Of course most of the members of the French Foreign Legion aren't French (hence the name!)

They have nasty tempers and are not to be triffled with -- you try to imagine taking orders from a French officer and having to use French weapons to defend yourself?

21 posted on 12/23/2002 10:20:37 AM PST by chilepepper
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To: Sparta
All kidding aside, the French Foreign Legion will grind them up.
22 posted on 12/23/2002 10:21:37 AM PST by dighton
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To: Chad Fairbanks
bump
23 posted on 12/23/2002 10:23:18 AM PST by Centurion2000
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To: Sparta
"The MPIGO, the MPCI and the MJP declare that from today any French military attack on one of their positions will be considered a 'declaration of war'," the groups said. "The MPCI, the MPIGO and the MJP will then launch a joint attack on all fronts."

Well, that would be about the best possible result for the Loyalist forces.

24 posted on 12/23/2002 10:27:35 AM PST by r9etb
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To: chilepepper
LOL.... you have NO idea LOL
25 posted on 12/23/2002 10:28:18 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: chilepepper
That my be so, but they have a really cheap website.

Official Site: Frogs Who March Weird

26 posted on 12/23/2002 10:29:00 AM PST by PokeyJoe
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To: PokeyJoe
They have a better site out there... but it is in French... :0)
27 posted on 12/23/2002 10:30:59 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Sparta
If they attack France, whom will the French Muslims side with?

The French will pay a heavy price for their inability to think clearly.

28 posted on 12/23/2002 10:33:20 AM PST by Savage Beast
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To: r9etb
The Ivory Coast trouble is instigated by guess whom? The religion of peace (Islamists)! Our media failed to mention that Qaddafi’s money, and Iranian Moslem infiltrators are behind the violence. It is almost a guarantee; every time there is trouble around the world, you can be damn sure the Moslems are causing it! The question here is: Why the media failed to tell us that Moslems are behind the hostilities?
29 posted on 12/23/2002 10:36:36 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: PokeyJoe; Poohbah; general_re; BlueLancer; aculeus
... they have a really cheap website.

Hmmmm, definitely not their official site:

Tips On Deserting

If you decide you've had enough and choose to desert, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your odds of not being caught. The easiest means of deserting is to wait until your unit is granted leave. You should then have at least two weeks to find a way out of France.


30 posted on 12/23/2002 10:39:33 AM PST by dighton
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To: Sparta
Now what's France going to do??? They'd get their butts kicked unless we help out.
31 posted on 12/23/2002 10:41:36 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird
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To: Karl B; knighthawk
Ivory Coast's three rebel factions threw down the gauntlet to France on Monday
saying if there were any attacks by troops from the former colonial ruler on rebel
positions they would launch an all-out offensive.


Oh yeah, it's that Religion Of Peace, Inc. again...
32 posted on 12/23/2002 10:42:02 AM PST by VOA
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To: Chad Fairbanks
These guys there are French Foreign Legion - I wouldn't recommend insulting them

Good advice...
33 posted on 12/23/2002 10:43:16 AM PST by VOA
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To: mhking
Yeah, we'll have to send in Camp Pendleton's Boy Scout Troop 139 to rescue them.
34 posted on 12/23/2002 10:44:41 AM PST by geedee
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To: philosofy123
The question here is: Why the media failed to tell us that Moslems are behind the hostilities?

The explanation is simple: because the media see this as a "black thing." And it is a true fact that blacks in Africa kill each other for all kinds of reasons that have nothing to do with Islam -- including in Ivory Coast. Beyond that, the names of the groups (which is all the media, or most of us, know) suggest it's a run-of-the-mill African marxist/tribal war.

Islamic infiltrators are no doubt trying to make hay with this -- but I seriously doubt that it's really an Islamic thing.

35 posted on 12/23/2002 10:46:56 AM PST by r9etb
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To: geedee
I dare you to say that to one of the legionaires... I dare ya...
36 posted on 12/23/2002 10:47:06 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: dighton; Larry Lucido; mhking
Here's a link to the French Foreign Legion's website.

French Foreign Legion

I had an opportunity to visit their museum at Aubagne, which is outside of Marseille. If you're ever in the area, stop by, it's worth it.

37 posted on 12/23/2002 10:51:52 AM PST by csvset
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To: VOA
three words: Dien Bien Phu. The Legion's ranks are currently filled with alot of immigrants from former Soviet bloc countries, particularly Romanians. I wondered as I read this how many Muslims are in the Legion today. And most importantly, despite being manned by refugees from all over the world and from a variety of circumstances, the Legion is led/commanded by native French officers.
38 posted on 12/23/2002 10:54:10 AM PST by ameribbean expat
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To: dighton
okay, you got me. NOT OFFICIAL. BUT.... HEHEHE.... GOOD ENOUGH.
39 posted on 12/23/2002 10:55:07 AM PST by PokeyJoe
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To: csvset
Thanks for the link.
40 posted on 12/23/2002 10:55:33 AM PST by dighton
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To: Chad Fairbanks
LOL

A dare I won't take. I posted before I read the legionaires were involved.

Short story . . . a hundred years ago when I was going through basic training, a Legionaire gave us a short class on Survival Training. That guy was the meanest, toughest hombre ever to walk the face of the earth. I think about him often when I watch Rambo. He looked like that, though not so muscle-bound. He had scars on scars and no one questioned his pedigree while taking his class.

41 posted on 12/23/2002 10:55:50 AM PST by geedee
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To: csvset
=)
42 posted on 12/23/2002 10:56:30 AM PST by PokeyJoe
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To: geedee
LOL.... he couldn't have looked any meaner if he had one eye... LOL
43 posted on 12/23/2002 10:57:24 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks
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To: philosofy123
The Ivory Coast trouble is instigated by guess whom? The religion of peace (Islamists)! Our media failed to mention that Qaddafi’s money, and Iranian Moslem infiltrators are behind the violence. It is almost a guarantee; every time there is trouble around the world, you can be damn sure the Moslems are causing it! The question here is: Why the media failed to tell us that Moslems are behind the hostilities?

This just needed a two-fer post.

44 posted on 12/23/2002 11:03:57 AM PST by Digger
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To: csvset
The FFL is a force worthy of respect. And in all fairness, there were admirable French resistance fighters in WWII, notwithstanding the accomodationalist mindset of may Frenchmen.
45 posted on 12/23/2002 11:57:32 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Carry_Okie
They may be fascists in fact, but their ideology smacks of Marxism

Ideology is the key term here. Islam's origins are ideological and it continues to be so.

46 posted on 12/23/2002 12:03:28 PM PST by eleni121
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To: philosofy123
Do you have more information regarding foreign support for the Ivory Coast rebels? Countries, kinds of arms, advisers, "volunteers", etc?
47 posted on 12/23/2002 12:49:14 PM PST by Jacob Kell
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To: VOA
I wonder how the media manages to keep it somewhat a secret that the religion of peace is involved.
48 posted on 12/23/2002 1:08:23 PM PST by knighthawk
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To: Prodigal Son
What the Foreign Legion thinks of the French Regular Army:
"When, a French Soldier goes into hospital, it is to have himself sent home. With an African Tilailleur, it is to be healed. With a Legionnaire, it is to die".
(John Robert Young)
One of the Legion's big holidays is Camerone Day
49 posted on 12/23/2002 3:04:20 PM PST by SauronOfMordor
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To: knighthawk
You asked this question: I wonder how the media manages to keep it somewhat a secret that the religion of peace is involved.

Reuter's major owner is an Opecker Prince. He will allow Reuter's to use the word terrorist or terrorists in any story dealing with Islamokazi terrorism.

The rest of the lelf wing/maggot infested media is in bed with the Opecker Princes and the Murdering Islamofascists in charge of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Lybia. These Mediots have been doing this since Jimmy Carter was president.

50 posted on 12/23/2002 3:16:48 PM PST by Grampa Dave
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