Follow-Up: Breaking News on the Hotel Ivoire Incident - Le Figaro Counterattacks
The Figaro article describes Guiai Bi Poin as a "loyal follower of Laurent Gbagbo" who "counts in the eyes of the French Army as a regime hardliner" - with only the "eyes of the French Army" being offered as proof of this characterization. The second to last paragraph, continuing to employ the conceit according to which Guiai Bi Poin would, in effect, be nothing but a Gbago proxy, reads as follows:
In rekindling the polemic in the medias, President Gbagbo simply forgets a series of little prior details: the aerial bombardment of the French camp at Bouaké (9 dead), the firing of a RPG7 [rocket] on a Transall [French military aircraft] on the runway at Abidjan airport, the pillage of homes, the rape of some French women by Ivorians in uniform, the sacking of French schools, etc.
Whether or not all or some of these "little details" are true, they have nothing to do with the question of whether French troops opened fire on unarmed civilians at the Hotel Ivoire. The fact that the Figaro author, Renaud Girard, lists them here thus strongly suggests not an attempt to discredit Colonel Guia Bi Poin's allegation that such took place, but rather one, in effect, to justify its having taken place.
The article concludes: "For the moment, it is, to say the least, curious that Gbagbo, after having irremediably compromised his country's economy, continues to indulge in such little games in the media...."
Note that this is supposed to be a news item.
(P.S. For more on Le Figaro in this connection see my remarks in the comments section.)