French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the current president of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo to step back from the fight for re-election.
After the second round presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire, both candidates: the incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and opposition candidate Alasaniya Uatara brought the presidential oath.
The clashes between the supporters of the candidates died least 17 people.
The international community is wary that the clashes could escalate into a full-scale restoration of the civil war that divided the country into two parts in 2002-2003.
France, the United Nations and the African Union have recognized the victory Alasaniya Uatara. Laurent Gbagbo, however, continues to control the armed forces.
The African Union has sent former South African leader Thabo Mbeki in Ivory Coast for mediation in resolving the post-election crisis.