The fraying of any truce between militants and government forces is increasing anti-French sentiment in the African country. The taking of the city of Gohitafla by militants led over 200, pro-government protestors to the French embassy in Abidjan on Monday. They believed that the French forces were complicit in the rebels' actions (as has been publicly declared, in the past, by the wife of the current Ivorian president, Simone Gbagbo), and the demonstrators burnt tires in front of the embassy and vented their anger on several French motorists, whose cars were stoned. French schools in Abidjan were closed today out of fear of further anti-French reprisals.
Approximately 4,000 French troops are currently present in the Ivory Coast.