West Africa's former economic powerhouse has been divided in two since a civil war erupted out of a failed coup in September 2002. There are 4,000 French and 6,240 U.N. troops policing a buffer zone which splits the former French colony.And of course the French went in (it was an old colony) without UN approval (they got it later.)
Anyway, I can't find out how many "thousands" participated in these protests. After all, it isn't nearly as interesting as anti-American protests. (Who would want to protest the French? Everybody loves the French.)
Ivory Coast's government accused French soldiers of killing 63 protestors. France said its troops killed about 20 protestors during the rioting but were acting in self-defence.There was video, but the page is gone. Didn't look too much like a riot to me - that is before the French opened fire - then it looked like mayhem.