PARIS, April 11 (Reuters) - Forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara have taken Laurent Gbagbo to the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, after he was detained in his residence, a Ouattara spokesman in France told Reuters.
Separately, a French defence ministry official confirmed to Reuters that Gbagbo had been detained in his residence. He said he was arrested by Ouattara’s forces, backed by U.N. peacekeepers and French forces.
“He’s been taken to the Golf Hotel,” Herve Cohx, a political adviser and spokesman, told Reuters.
A French diplomatic source denied, however, that French forces had penetrated Gbagbo’s residence.
Ivory Coast’s ambassador in France, Ali Coulibaly, said shortly afterwards on French i-tele television that Gbagbo’s wife had also been detained. (Reporting by Yann Tessier, Yann Le Guernigou, John Irish and Elizabeth Pineau; editing by David Stamp)