IVORY COAST PRESIDENT GREETS FRENCH DEFENCE MINISTER.
Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo (L) speaks with French defence minister Michele Alliot-Marie (C) and Ivory Coast defence minister Rene Armani in the main city Abidjan December 31, 2003. The French minister will be celebrating the new year with some of the 4000 French troops stationed in the former French colony. REUTERS/Luc Gnago. THI