Late on Wednesday, French helicopters moved in to evacuate the Japanese ambassador, Okamura Yoshifumi, after his home near the presidential residence was invaded by unidentified gunmen.Once, long ago and in a very different place, our roles were reversed.
The envoy and his aides were whisked to safety in a French military camp at Port-Bouet, south of Abidjan, the French embassy said.
The French said they had acted after a request from Japan and the UN.
The BBC also has this video taken during the rescue.
More about the circumstances of the evacuation and a similar request for evacuation by Israel.