Residents have been telling euronews about the tension in Abidjan, with reports of looting and armed roadblocks.
Witness Rabab Hamoud said: “When we go out, we find the shops are closed and the streets are empty. If you drive, armed men stop you at roadblocks and take your car, promising to give it back later.
“During the night there was looting, and people were even prevented from leaving their buildings. So UN and French soldiers came to get them out by helicopter, from the roofs of their buildings.
“The airport is also closed. There was a curfew between 9pm and 6 in the morning, with roadblocks everywhere. At the moment, the radio stations in Abidjan are not broadcasting. And there are rumours that most of the city is now in the hands of Ouattara. But Gbagbo does not want to leave.”