Euronews spoke to a French businessman living in Abidjan about the atmosphere in the city as pro-Ouattara troops, with the help of UN and French forces, close in on Laurent Gbagbo.
He did not want to be identified.
“There has been shooting all through the night, but we don’t know if there have been any exchanges of fire. Some apartments have been really damaged, though. We had to put out a blaze at a telecoms transmitter which caught fire at around three o’clock this morning. We were afraid that the fire would spread. Then, at around 6.30 this morning, Ouattara’s armed forces came knocking on our door. We opened up and they asked to search the building to see if there were any weapons or militia hiding here. They were very nice with us, not violent at all. They went from flat to flat, searching,” he said.
“We have been holed up in our house for a week now. We don’t have any water. They have cut that but we have electricity, so that is where we are. We are managing things with our neighbours. We have been trying to contact the French forces for some three or four days now but we have had no luck.”