Ivory Coast's Abidjan's nightlife reduced to rubble


In Ivory Coast's commercial capital, Abidjan, the new government of Alassane Ouattara has set to work sprucing up the city after years of neglect and the recent post-election conflict.

Teams of women sweep the streets while pot holes are repaired, kerbstones painted and trees cut back.

But more controversially, the Operation Clean Country has also extended to the destruction of businesses and homes built illegally on public space.

In the process, the famous Rue Princesse has lost dozens of its nightclubs, bars and what are locally called maquis - outdoor bar-restaurants.

The BBC's John James reports for Network Africa on the centre of Ivorian nightlife that has now been reduced to rubble.

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