a republic in W Africa: formerly part of French West Africa; gained independence 1960. 127,520 sq. mi. (330,275 sq. km). Capital: (political) Yamoussoukro. Capital: (commercial) Abidjan.
French Côte d'Ivoire.
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French control of the area began after World War II and lasted until 1960, when the Ivory Coast declared itself independent.
One of the most prosperous and politically stable nations in Africa.
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